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Controlled Water Main Shutdown May Affect Yonkers Residents

A water main shutdown may affect water pressure and quality in Yonkers for up to a 24-hour period.
A water main shutdown may affect water pressure and quality in Yonkers for up to a 24-hour period. Photo Credit: Flickr User Canadianfamily

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The City of Yonkers Engineering Department will initiate a controlled shutdown of the water main near Wendover Road on Friday at 8 p.m. in an effort to help prevent water main breaks like the one that created serious disruptions last year.

During the controlled shutdown – which may last up to 24 hours – the city will replace a faulty water main valve. The shutdown will affect residents in Southwest Yonkers only, which is roughly 25 to 30 percent of the City’s population.

Residents in Southwest Yonkers will likely experience low water pressure – especially those who live on the upper floors of multi-unit dwellings or at higher elevations. Some residents may also experience discolored water.

Residents are encouraged to take the following measures to conserve water during the controlled shutdown:

  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth in the morning or wash dishes;
  • Keep your showers under five minutes long;
  • Avoid running the dishwasher or washing machine;
  • If you feel the need to store water, remember to always store 3 gallons of water per person per day. Tap water should be stored in airtight, clean, food-grade plastic containers; and
  • Purchase bottled water for drinking in the lead up to the shutdown.
  • Traffic will be closed around the work site on Wendover Road, however no other roads or parkways will be impacted.

A serious water main break last year closed portions of the Saw Mill River and Cross County Parkways.

Automated calls were sent to local residents Wednesday informing them of the controlled shutdown. Residents are encouraged to call the Mayor’s Help Line at 914-377-HELP (4357) for additional information.

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