Village of Chatham Mayor John Howes reports that this morning, a village Department of Public Works crew found a major water main break affecting water to the entire village and the hamlet of the Town of Ghent.
Crews immediately began repairing the break. Additionally, the village worked with Columbia County to declare a State of Emergency for the Village of Chatham and the Town of Ghent, which allowed for emergency action and resources to assist with the repair.
A Boil Water Order has been issued, and the village is asking that residents and businesses reduce water use. Currently there are approximately 400 – 500 people without water in the Edgewood Acres Mobile Home Park. Until further notice the Boil Water Order will be in effect for the entire Village of Chatham and Town of Ghent hamlet area. Potable water trucks will be available, and located at the Edgewood Acres mailboxes and the Chatham Fire House. Bottled water is available at the Chatham Fire House.
The Village of Chatham website will be updated as information becomes available.
The Village Mayor & Board, Village Clerk and Chatham Police Department and Chatham Fire Dept. are working with the New York State Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County 911, Columbia County Health Department and Columbia County/NYS Emergency Management to notify Village and Ghent residents and businesses.