UPDATE Aug. 18, 2:00 p.m.: After working well into the evening last night, the Ithaca Water and Sewer Division has resumed working to clear up discolored water that was brought on by a water main break yesterday.

According to an update on the Department of Public Works Facebook page, hydrants in the following areas have either been run until clear and then shut down, or continue to have discolored water.

[su_note]400 BLK N. AURORA ST. at FARM ST. ~ CLEAR
100 BLK W. BUFFALO ST. ~ CLEAR
600 BLK W. BUFFALO ST. ~ CLEAR
100 CASCADILLA ST. ~ CLEAR
100 BLK N. CAYUGA ST. ~ CLEAR
500 BLK N. CAYUGA ST. (LAUNDROMAT) ~ CLEAR
400 BLK W. COURT ST. at PARK ST. ~ CLEAR
100 BLK 1st ST. ~ CLEAR
300 BLK 1st ST. at MADISON ~ CLEAR
500 BLK HANCOCK ST. ~ CLEAR
400 & 700 BLK HECTOR ST. ~ CLEAR
200 BLK MONROE ST. at 2nd ST. ~ CLEAR
400 BLK UTICA ST. ~ CLEAR
S.TITUS & FAIR ST. ~ CLEAR
N.TITUS & PLAIN ST. ~ CLEAR
100 BLK QUEEN ST. ~ CLEAR
400 BLK N. FRANKLIN ST. ~ CLEAR
500 BLK LINN ST. ~ CLEAR
300 BLK WASHINGTON ST. at CASCADILLA ST. ~ CLEAR
500 BLK W. SENECA ST. ~ CLEAR
400 BLK N. TITUS ~ CLEAR
600 BLK N TIOGA ST ~ CLEAR

500 N. AURORA ST. at FARM ST. ~ DISCOLORED
S.TITUS & GENEVA ST. ~ DISCOLORED
600 BLK W. SENECA ST. ~ DISCOLORED
500 BLK W. STATE ST. at CORN ~ DISCOLORED[/su_note]

According to the update, people in areas listed as “clear” can run their cold water tap to flush the discolored water from their systems. However, some commenters have stated that some of the areas listed as “clear” are still seeing water discoloration.

In another comment, the city also addressed some questions posed by residents about the city’s response to this latest recurrence of water issues:

[su_note]…we had a crew of 4 available to flush with near 48 hydrants flushing, while the other crew worked on the Water Main Break. When there is an emergency there is no door-to-door service. We have to get the break repaired as soon as possible. Much of downtown was affected and we had hydrants running up until 12:30am and we are back out there this morning. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused… however, again, an emergency is not something we can control.[/su_note]

Previously —

ITHACA, NY – Some downtown Ithaca residents are seeing a resurgence of the brown water issue, which city officials say was caused by a water main break.

According to the Ithaca Water and Sewer Division, a water main break on Cecil A. Malone Drive near the Super 8 Hotel is the root of the issue. Areas of downtown and some outlying areas are affected.

Water and Sewer is working to isolate the break and repair the water main. After that, they say they will once again be flushing hydrants to try and clear out the brown water.

If you need to a hydrant in your area flushed, you can reach water and sewer at 607-272-1717.

This is a developing story.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at msmith@ithacavoice.com, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.