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Water main ruptures in Niskayuna

Town officials still uncertain of cause after repairing pipe

— Pollock said another cause could be a shockwave traveling through the pipe from a pump being turned on or a valve being closed or opened quickly. An increase in pressure could lead it to blow out through a corroded or cracked segment.

“I think the factors that contribute more towards the breakage deal with the pressure and corrosive soils,” Pollock said.

The town received “a huge number of calls” on Thursday around 8 p.m., Pollock said, and staff members had difficulty responding to the influx of inquiries. The county supposedly had “robo-calls” go out to people when the order was lifted, according to Pollock.

Crews worked overnight and the pipe was repaired by early Friday morning, with water pressure returning to residents.

Landry said the town hasn’t determined the cost of repairs, but said all the equipment was on-hand. The town did pay for materials, such as a new pipe, dirt and paving the roadway. There was also an overtime cost since crews worked through the night.

“We budget for that, there is money in the budget for overtime … for various things such as water breaks,” Landry said.

Coincidentally, Landry said the town Public Works Committee, at its meeting before the break, were looking at the history of water breaks throughout town and how it could prevent or lessen the occurrence.

“We are already looking into that and how we can improve our system to have less water breaks,” Landry said. “What we have control over we are going to see what we can improve.”

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