UPDATE: Outages are expected to occur in the Taughannock Blvd. and Island Health and Fitness area during the repairs. Work should be completed by Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.

Businesses and residents in West Hill and downtown Ithaca will be impacted with water discoloration and low water pressure during the repair time. If your water is impacted, it is recommended that you run a large volume of water until it runs clear.

ITHACA, N.Y.—Businesses and residents in West Hill and downtown Ithaca may be struggling with low water pressure and water discoloration Wednesday morning due to a “major” water main break in the city.

“City crews are presently working to repair a major water main break which occurred this morning near Taughannock Blvd & West Buffalo Street (near Pete’s Grocery),” stated a brief city announcement.

The situation has forced some businesses to close or delay opening, and some schools in Ithaca are being impacted. Traffic detours due to the work were not announced.

No more information was immediately available, such as a time estimation when the break would be fixed or when those affected could expect their water to return to normal. The city did say that it would release further details when they are available.

The following Tompkins County departments are limiting operations following the water main break: the Department of Social Services, Probation Department, Office for the Aging, Youth Services Department and Veterans Services Department. If you have an appointment or need more information contact the department you need directly.

The story is developing and more details will be posted here as updates throughout the day.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com