WHITEHALL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Monday morning, the village of Whitehall announced a water emergency spanning the entirety of the village water system after a leak significantly dropped pressure by 1-thousand gallons of water per minute.

The village Department of Public Works Commissioner Tim Watson told News10’s Anya Tucker that the leak was caused by a broken 14-inch pipe located near the village post office. He says Sunday around 2pm the meters at the water plant showed an alarming drop in pressure as they began losing 1-thousand gallons every minute. By Monday morning the water was so low that businesses, homes and schools were affected.

Crews have made repairs and a village official tells News10 that the water is back on. However, they have issued a boil water advisory for anyone using village water.

While the leak was being fixed, Michael Putorti, one of the owners of Railyard Taproom and Restaurant was keeping his fingers crossed. “Finding the leak is a good thing. But I have a bad feeling that we will probably be closed later on today,” he said.

The issue caused schools in the Whitehall Central School District to close early. The High School was dismissed at 10:15 a.m. and the Elementary School was dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Parent-teacher conferences for the elementary students, which were scheduled for Monday night, have been canceled. For parents like Megan Cook and her daughter Aubrey, that meant that parent teacher conferences were cancelled and there would be an early dismissal.

The village plans to issue further updates as they come.

“The water lines are a hundred years old. And the village just doesn’t have the money to replace it right now. We just keep putting Band-Aids on top of Band-Aids,” said Whitehall resident Chris Gordon.

Some residents are hoping that tax revenue from an incoming clean energy transmission line might go to fix these kind of infrastructure woes, said Cheryl Putorti, co-owner of the Railyard Taproom. “Because infrastructure is really old and it’s so expensive,” she added.