PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield and Dalton residents were being asked to conserve water on Monday as city Department of Public Utilities crews worked to repair a break in the main transmission line into Pittsfield from the Cleveland Water Treatment Plant in Hinsdale.

The break is located on Housatonic Street in Dalton, near LP Adams, according to a press release from Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi's office.

The line also supplies service to Dalton, where police issued a bulletin late Monday morning asking town residents for "extreme water conservation efforts." Housatonic Street between South Carson Avenue and Depot Street will be closed during the repairs, town police said.

Crews were said to be in the process of shutting down the main, which provides about two-thirds of the city's water, so it can be excavated and repaired.

Pittsfield's second water treatment plant is continuing to supply water into the distribution system. It is expected that the majority of the city will experience no interruption, the release stated.

Water customers are asked to immediately curtail water use to the maximum extent possible, according to the city press release. Some customers may experience sporadic low water pressure and some may experience complete interruption of service. The work also may cause sporadic localized dirty water, the city release said.


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