United Water New York’s West Nyack water treatment plant was knocked off line Monday morning by a power interruption and when it returned to service a water main was damaged. The plant has been shut down while repairs are ongoing.
The water treatment plant went off line briefly following a power interruption and when it went back on line, a two-inch air valve was damaged on a water main located in front of the plant. The plant has been shut down and the main has been isolated while crews make the repair.
The air valve was under pressure and caused a large spray of water. However, United Water stated there was no significant loss of water.
The utility just opened its Emergency Operations Center for Hurricane Sandy response on Monday morning.
The utility reported sufficient water storage to meet customers’ needs despite the shutdown.
“In addition, the company is also drawing water from other sources of supply which demonstrates the value of a diverse water supply system,” said Michael Pointing, vice president and general manager. “Emergency crews will continue to work to provide uninterrupted service to our customers.”
United Water’s office in West Nyack was closed on Monday and non-essential personnel were not required to report to work.