After house fire depletes supply, Schaghticoke under boil water advisory

Rensselaer County

UPDATE 3/23/2021: The boil water advisory is now lifted!

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The village of Schaghticoke remains under a boil water advisory resulting from fire crews fighting a massive blaze on Friday night that strained the water system.

Schaghticoke Mayor Scott Rice released a statement saying that the advisory will probably not be lifted until Tuesday morning. Water was distributed over the weekend and on Monday morning at Village Hall. Rice says Stewart’s and Hannaford provided hundreds of bottles of water.

The infrastructure of the village’s water system is just 2-years-old, but Rice says the new equipment is not to blame for the advisory. “In fact, I’m pretty certain that if we were using the old [water] tank, we would’ve had a bigger problem putting out the fire.”

Although firefighters had to work overnight, they were able to put out the fire at the Agway on Main Street. The new tank pulled through.

If levels in a water tank become low or there’s potential for air bubbles to enter the pipes, it’s standard procedure for the Department of Health (DOH) to require samples. “We’re doing that,” Rice said. “They’re not open on Saturday and Sunday, so the timing was not great, but we’re doing what we can do.”

The second water sample was off to the Rensselaer County DOH at around 9 a.m. on Monday. The village expects to hear back today.

Officials may arrange another water handout on Tuesday if the boil water advisory is still in effect.

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