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ECWA: 'significant break' occurred to transmission main near Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant

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Erie County Water Authority
Posted at 12:38 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 17:10:55-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Water Authority says a "significant break" occurred to a 48-inch transmission main near its Sturgeon Point Water Treatment Plant in Evans Thursday morning.

The break occurred around 10:45 a.m. and ECWA says customers in Orchard Park and areas south could be without water in the coming hours.

Customers in West Seneca, Lackawanna, and southern Cheektowaga will experience reduced water pressure.

The break has led to the early dismissal of students at Windom Elementary in Orchard Park as well as students in the Lake Shore Central School District.

A late afternoon update from ECWA states that crews have been on site making repairs to the transmission main and the system has been stabilized.

“Some customers in ECWA’s southern Erie County service area may continue to experience below normal pressure until the repair is completed. Transmission main breaks of this size and magnitude on average take approximately 24 hours to repair and place back fully in service.
No customers are currently without water and the safety and quality of ECWA drinking has not been compromised and is completely safe for customers to consume and use as normal."

“Updates will be continually provided as details emerge and new information is available," a release from ECWA says.