Updated 11:40 Sept. 18, 2012
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. - Clean water is once again flowing through the pipes in Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Briarcliff Manor after officials repaired a second water main break in four days. Sleepy Hollow officials repaired an 8-inch water main break on Monday, just two days after repairing a 30-inch water main that feeds Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Briarcliff Manor. Residents in all three areas were asked to conserve water over the weekend after a water hammer mistakenly damaged the pipe while crews were working on the area. Briarcliff Manor was able to supply roughly 500,000 gallons of water from its reserves over the weekend. Roughly 10,000 people are connected to the system, said Anthony Giaccio, Sleepy Hollow village administrator. Giaccio said roughly a dozen residents experienced brown water with the first break but there were no disruptions with the second break. "We had another break on New Broadway but it's been repaired, full service is back and there are no restrictions," Giaccio said Tuesday. "People were experiencing some brown water (with the first break). There was never an issue of water quality, just the discoloration. Philip Zegarelli, Sleepy Hollow’s former mayor and current Briarcliff village manager, was one of the dozens who experienced the discolored water in his Sleepy Hollow home over the weeekend.
“We have more than a legal obligation, but a moral obligation to assist our sister communities when something like this happens," Zegarelli said Monday. "We had plenty of water (in Briarcliff) but we wanted to conserve some water over the weekend to help them out.”
Zegarelli later noted that he and other Briarcliff Manor officials are hoping to lead a group that would become the managing authority in the event of future breaks affecting the three villages.
“They were down to practically zero at one point,” he said. “This really calls for what we in Briarcliff have been saying in that we should have a single entity that coordinates all water sourcing for the three areas. Once the water is delivered, the villages would be on their own. But these type of things will happen, but there needs to be a separate entity that works on sourcing of the water.”