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Boil water advisory issued for Albion, north of canal

Photos by Tom Rivers: A piece of a cast-iron pipe from a broken water main is pictured by crews working to fix the 10-inch main on Route 98, near the Main Street lift bridge.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 January 2019 at 4:18 pm

Crews working to replace section of broken cast-iron main

This photo shows the broken cast-iron main. The crews have to pump water out of the pit so they can work on replacing the watermain.

ALBION – Village of Albion water customers north of the Erie Canal are urged to boil their water for a minute before drinking it.

The boil water advisory also includes the downtown business district. It doesn’t include Town of Gaines water customers.

The village has been working since 1 a.m. last night to repair a major water main break. The village has shut down some lines and a booster pump station so it can replace a broken cast-iron pipe.

That water main is at least 10 feet below ground. The village needed to cut through 14 inches of pavement and then dig down to get to the 10-inch main.

The water main was down so far because the main goes underneath the Erie Canal.

The village will replace the broken section of the waterline with 10-inch PVC pipe.

Once the water main is fixed, the lines will need to flushed and tested for at least a day before the boil water advisory is lifted.

Several municipalities are assisting the Village of Albion Department of Public Works with the repair, including the Village of Medina, and towns of Albion, Barre, Carlton, Gaines and Murray as well as the Orleans County Highway Department.

There is a detour on Main Street from Bank to Caroline streets while the repair is made. Albion and Medina both have their vacuum trucks to pump water from the hole so the pipe can be replaced.

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