DALTON -- Permanent repairs to the water transmission line serving Dalton and Pittsfield could begin as early as Tuesday evening, after the pipeline was accidentally breached Monday morning, according to municipal officials in both communities.
Pittsfield Commissioner of Public Utilities Bruce Collingwood said a specialist with the water main manufacturer, Hanson Pressure Pipe of Michigan, is expected to supply materials and advise on replacement of the broken section of pipe, near LP Adams Co. on Housatonic Street.
Collingwood noted the city would hire a contractor to do the work, which could be completed Tuesday night or early Wednesday.
A temporary repair was planned for tonight that would allow the Cleveland Water Treatment Plant to be reactivated overnight. The facility had been shut down while Dalton Fire District and Pittsfield Water Department crews worked on the punctured water main throughout the day Monday.
On Monday evening, Dalton officials declared a water emergency until Thursday to ensure the town’s water system has fully recovered from the water main break. Emergency Management Director Dan Filiault said home and business owners are to refrain from washing cars, clothing, watering lawns and gardens and other uses that can be put off during the emergency.
Pittsfield officials have also advised city water users to conserve water and that there might be a disruption of service or dirty water until the repair can be made.
The water transmission line from the Cleveland Reservoir Water Treatment Plant in Hinsdale provides water for all of Dalton and two-thirds of Pittsfield.
The system has been operating with large water storage tanks in Pittsfield and Dalton, which will be recharged overnight, Collingwood said. The city also has a second water plant in Washington.
"Fire tanker trucks from other communities will be made available for additional water [in Dalton], if needed," Filiault said.
The water crisis unfolded around 9 a.m. Monday when a contractor working on Housatonic Street near LP Adams Co. accidentally drilled into the water main, according to Collingwood. The main is located on the side of the road, but 40-year-old plans for the water system showed the line in the middle of Housatonic Street in Dalton.
"I don’t blame them [the contractor]," Collingwood said. "The plans were wrong."
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