Bainbridge Leak Threatens Water Levels

By Dave Greber

Bainbridge Leak Threatens Water Levels

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM EDT

Bainbridge, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Leaders in the village of Bainbridge are working to identify a leak in their water system that threatens to dry them out if a fix isn't found soon.

A handful of village residents living along Guilford Road -- or County Road 38 to Crest Drive -- are without water as of 8 p.m., and until further notice, according to Mayor Phillip Darling.

That's where crews are focusing their latest efforts to try a find a leak that's draining the village's water faster than it can be replenished.

The leak was detected late last week.

Bainbridge water customers -- mostly on the village's north end -- are seeing brown or off-colored water coming from their taps, according to Darling and messages from residents to Action News.

Darling says the Health Department has ordered anyone with brown or off-colored water to boil their water.

Boil advisories are not in place for people whose water is already running clear, Darling said.

Each of the more than 600 village water customers are under a water conservation order, meaning only daily or routine water usage is permitted.

Darling said the village is monitoring water levels in water supply tanks.

He said if they don't identify the leak in the next 24 hours, they'll call in a company that specializes in fixing such problems.

He also said if the leak isn't found, additional customers could have their water shut off to save the village's supply.

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