MAYFIELD - The village was fixing its water problem today, gradually restoring pressure to residences, businesses and Mayfield Central School, which may open Thursday after being closed today for the third straight day.
Mayor Jamie Ward said the village will test water pressure and purity today, but a boil-water order remains in effect until officials determine whether the water is safe to drink.
Ward said if the tests show the water is safe to drink, the boil-water advisory may be lifted Friday.
James Herman (in the hole with a shovel) from New York State Rural Water removes soil from a hole where a water main break was found at Woodside Avenue and Green Street in Mayfield on Tuesday.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Shown is the water-main leak found approximately 6 to 8 feet below the road surface at Woodside Avenue and Green Street in Mayfield on Tuesday.
Around 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, village officials found a break in the water main at Woodside Avenue and Green Street.
Ward said the water main was fixed Tuesday evening. He expected the water pressure to reach 160 pounds per square inch today.
"That would put us back in regular condition," he said.
He said workers examined all of the water lines to find the leak.
Ward on Tuesday explained the process. "What they did was scan the entire network. The hunch I had this morning [Tuesday] turned out to be where it was, so we targeted those two streets," he said.
This morning, Ward said, the water pressure was at 80 pounds along School Street and 100 pounds at the lower side of the village, Ward said.
Water was expected to be turned on at the school today. Ward said if there is enough pressure, school will reopen Thursday. He said a decision would be made today.
Ward said the water still would need to be tested by the Health Department before people can drink it.
The school will have bottled water for students Thursday if the school opens, Ward said.
Mayfield School Superintendent Paul Williamsen was unavailable for comment this morning.
According to the Mayfield Central School District's website, teachers were reporting to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services campus in Johnstown at 8:30 a.m. today for a superintendent's conference.
Ward said Williamsen and the Mayfield Board of Education are looking into how the three days of closed schools will affect allotted snow days. BOCES Superintendent Pat Michel said the district will seek a waiver from the state to keep the snow days.
Ward said he is grateful for all the help he and village officials received. "I'm extremely, extremely happy," he said.
People can obtain drinking water from a water tanker in a lot next to the Mobil gas station on Route 30.