One water main break fixed over the weekend, another line down.
Some Sleepy Hollow residents are expressing confusion and frustration about their water situation and the series of email alerts about it:
- Friday 2:35 PM - Water Emergency - Don't use water unless absolutely necessary
- Saturday 9:02 AM - Continue to Conserve Water! - Don't use water unless absolutely necessary
- Saturday 6:38 PM - Saturday afternoon updated - Continue to Conserve Water - Don't use water unless absolutely necessary
- Sunday 10:24 AM - Boil Water Advisory - Don't use water unless absolutely necessary / turn off irrigation systems / boil water before consuming it
- Sunday 2:10 PM - Water restrictions lifted
- Monday 5 AM - Water main break on New Broadway - Brown water / Conserve water for the time being.
At least the one about boiling water – Sunday at 10:24 a.m. – went out in error, but this might not give people much confidence in an email alert system.
What happened to phone calls?, asked one resident on Patch.
“We never did phone calls,” Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio said. “Tarrytown has reverse 911 but we don't. (Maybe we should). The County sometimes sends out notices but not us.”
A major water main break on Friday essentially isolated the supplies of Briarcliff Manor, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. Sleepy Hollow's tank is infamously undersized so our supply was most at risk, thus the severe warning to avoid all water usage. This problem was fixed on Saturday and by the time the reservoir returned to normal level on Sunday, all restrictions were lifted. Some people may still experience brown water, said Giaccio.
On Monday, however, an alert came out early morning about a different break on New Broadway. Along with this: the potential for brown water at the tap, which residents should run until clear. "Some residents may again experience brown water or even no water," Giaccio said. There are no water usage restrictions at this time.
Giaccio said the New Broadway break wasn’t due to old pipes, though he didn’t know what the problem was.
DPW supervisor Richard Gross could yet be reached for comment. DPW crews are working on correcting the problem.
Stay tuned to Patch for updates and any further water advisories.