Carlton goes without public water for about 12 hours

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 October 2014 at 9:02 pm

CARLTON – About 700 residents in Carlton were without public water today after a pipe burst this morning, forcing a shutdown in the water lines so an emergency repair could be made.

The water should be back on around 9:30 p.m. and Carlton residents are being advised to boil their water the next two days, said David Krull, the town highway and water superintendent.

A hole in the main 16-inch transmission line emerged around 9:30 this morning in a spot between Brown’s Berry Patch and the Route 18 bridge. The transmission line is owned by the Village of Albion, which provides water for the town customers.

Village of Albion and Town of Carlton crews worked about 12 hours to fix the problem. Krull said the transmission line is a concrete pipe with a steel liner. Some of the concrete had chipped away, and a hole burst in the steel liner.

The town and village had to shut off water so it could weld a patch on the transmission line. Krull said crews were back filling the spot around 9 tonight and he expected the water to be back on soon after that.

The boil water advisory was issued by the Orleans County Health Department and Krull said it will likely be in effect until about 9 p.m. on Thursday.