DALTON -- The water transmission line serving Dalton and Pittsfield is permanently repaired, but Dalton remains on a reserve water supply until Thursday evening, according to city and town officials.

The broken section of 24-inch concrete pipeline on Housatonic Street between South Carson Avenue and Depot Street was repaired Wednesday night and back online early this morning, according to Pittsfield Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi's office and the Department of Public Utilities.

A contractor Monday morning accidentally drilled into the water main, located on the side of the road, rather than in the middle, which was indicated in the 40-year old plans the workers were using.

While the water is flowing again, Dalton's water emergency continues -- without any water use restriction -- as the town has yet to re-establish its connection with the transmission line Dalton Emergency Management Director Dan Filiault said re-establishing the hook-up could happen by 5 p.m. Thursday.

""We're giving time for the line to be fully charged and chlorine levels are fine before we go back online," said Filiault.

Pittsfield water customers have full service, but city officials noted some areas have reported localized dirty water.

Home and business owners should let cold water run for a short period to flush out the dirty water, but if the problem persists, they should contact the Pittsfield Water Department at (413) 499-9339.


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