Niagara Gazette

February 5, 2013

Prep work for Buffalo Avenue reconstruction clouds water for some

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Preparation work for the Buffalo Avenue reconstruction project led to dirty water for some Niagara Falls Water Board users Tuesday.

Residents near the stretch of road reported discolored water containing sediment was coming out of the tap.

Despite the cloudiness, Water Board officials said the water was safe for consumption and the result of pending Buffalo Avenue road work.

The board said crews were exercising valves in the area of 24th and Adam streets for a scheduled shutdown and water main connection at Buffalo Avenue and 53rd Street as a result of the Buffalo Avenue road reconstruction project.

Exercising and closing of the valves resulted in the redirection of water in some of the water mains, which caused the discoloration of water coming from the taps of some customers in the affected area.

Mayor Paul Dyster, who said city hall received calls on the water, Tuesday, said the flow was simply reversed in the pipes, stirring up sediment in the pipes.

“The pipes weren't opened,” he said.

As a result, the Water Board released a statement Tuesday night:

“To help alleviate the problem, NFWB officials are on site and flushing hydrants in the area where some discoloration of tap water is occurring. Customers can also run the cold water tap from the lowest point of their residence or business for up to 3 minutes or until the water runs clear. Should the discoloration persist, customers can call 283-9770. NFWB officials have also notified the county health department; however, water quality should not be compromised during this incident and is totally safe for consumption.”