SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several city officials gathered in the Saratoga Springs High School parking lot Monday, Jan. 2 to distribute cases of water to residents, following a weekend water main break that caused issues across the city.
On Jan. 1, the Department of Public Works issued a Boil Water Advisory as a result of a water main break in the vicinity of Excelsior and East avenues, and DPW Commissioner Jason Golub announced repair crews were addressing the issue.
“Forty-six and one-half pallets, 70 cases in a pallet, 24 bottles in a case,” said Tara Gaston, who alongside fellow city Supervisor Matt Veitch worked the north side of the distribution line. Overall, that’s some 78,000 bottles of water, give or take, throughout.
City Mayor Ron Kim and Accounts Commissioner Dillon Moran were stationed at the south side; DPW Commissioner Jason Golub, various deputy commissioners and an assortment of other city officials also worked the lines.
“This highlights what we already knew – our infrastructure is aging and needs to be replaced, and the other thing it highlights is a need for a centralized communication system,” Golub said.
43 pallets worth were purchased by the city from DeCrescente Distributing Company, and 3-1/2 pallets were donated by Saratoga Eagle, Gaston added.
On Jan. 3, the city informed residents that the situation has been resolved. “Satisfactory total coliform bacteria sample results have been received by this office,” read the statement.