Water main break cuts off supply to Court St. area

On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 15, the water supply was shut down in areas around Court Street for about two hours.

According to Steve McTarnaghan, foreman of the Village's Water and Sewer Department, the incident happened around 9 a.m. when a minor blast created a hole in a water pipe on Court Street.

Stones found stuck in the pressure regulator of the water plant was found to be the cause, McTarnaghan said. The blockage caused exceedingly high pressure in the water system, and the buildup blasted a hole in the pipe.

The water grid was immediately shut down from Main Street to all areas near Court Street, McTarnaghan said. Water was also shut down for the nearby town of York, which uses the same water supply pipe.

Many Geneseo students living off-campus in apartment complexes along Court Street such as The Meadows, Courtside Apartments and Ambassador Apartments were affected by the incident.

"My roommate was in the bathroom when it happened," said senior Adam Gager, a resident of Ambassador Apartments. "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Another Ambassador resident, senior Brad Sickels stated, "I remembered my roommate was in the middle of taking a shower at the time when the water was suddenly off. She wasn't too happy about it. I was still asleep at the time."

McTarnaghan stated that the water was running again around 11 a.m. Workers were sent by the water department to fix the broken pipe, which was fully repaired by 2 p.m.