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Greenburgh May Have to Conserve, Boil Water

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Greenburgh officials are working to determine what effect, if any, a planned shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct will have on the town’s water supply.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Victor Carosi said Wednesday that next week’s two-day closing of the 163-mile pipeline could create some issues as the town works to properly maintain adequate chlorine levels of its water supply.

Without water from the aqueduct coming into Greenburgh, workers may not have enough time to pump the necessary levels of chlorine into the water they do have before it moves on into faucets and sinks.

“What we may be looking at is asking residents to try to restrict water usage,” Carosi said. “If there is a very high demand, we may have problems maintaining those demands.”

But there is also a chance water users may have to take additional measures to ensure quality, he said.

“We may need to advise residents they may even have to boil their water,” Carosi said. “We’re trying to figure that out right now.”

New York City’s Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to shut down the Catskill Aqueduct for parts of two days next week to make tie-ins to a connecting plant. The shutdown will stop the flow of water into many municipalities’ storage tanks.

The Catskill Aqueduct, part of the New York City water supply system, brings water from the Catskill Mountains to Yonkers, where it connects to other parts of the system. While Greenburgh gets most of its water from the Delaware Aqueduct, it, like many towns and villages around the county, pumps some of its supply from the Catskills.

The shutdown is planned to take place for 16 hours, from 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, to 8 a.m. Wednesday, June 20. A second 16-hour shutdown is planned for Thursday, June 26, beginning at 4 p.m.

Carosi said the town should know by the end of the week what precautions, if any, residents will need to take.

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