SYRACUSE — A water main that was broken on Pickwick Drive Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, has resulted in residents in the area of Maple Grove Street to the south end of town being placed under a boil order, including Oakwood Park. The boil order will be in effect until at least mid morning Thursday, Oct. 10.
The boil order has caused some restaurants in the affected area to close. Others are offering limited services.
The break in the main water line occurred late Tuesday morning when public works employees were repairing a small water leak in front of Hammers Pub-N-Grub. A backhoe inadvertently struck a main water line causing a break and flooding the area of Dairy Queen, Hammers and Dynamic Spine. It took several hours before the water could be shut off.
Following the repair of the main line and water being turned back on, a valve blew up causing the water to once again be shut off. Public works employees worked until 1:30 a.m. today getting repairs complete and water back on to residents. A water sample will be taken to a certified lab this morning for E-coli testing and will need to be tested once again 24 hours later. If the second test is negative for E-coli, the boil order can be lifted.
Pickwick Drive, closed to traffic during the repairs, is back open and town employees are cleaning up the area.
Mike Noe, town manager, stated while employees went door to door handing out notices of the boil order, he personally went to restaurants and spoke with managers to explain the situation.
The boil order recommends all cooking and drinking water be brought to a complete boil for three minutes before using.