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Water Restored To Peekskill Towers, Boil Warning In Effect

Water Service has been restored to Peekskill Towers, but residents are being advised to boil water before drinking it.
Water Service has been restored to Peekskill Towers, but residents are being advised to boil water before drinking it. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Water service has been restored to the Peekskill neighborhood effected by last Thursday’s massive fire at an apartment building on Lakeview Drive.

Peekskill water and sewer superintendent Ed Khuns announced at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting that everyone in the vicinity of last Thursday’s fire now has some kind of water service.

“Right now, Peekskill Towers is running off a hose off of a hydrant,” Khuns said. “We suspect that service line going into the building might have something wrong with it and that’s a discussion we’re going to have with property management. This is their property and what they’re going to have to take care of, but we’ll work with them as much as we can within our limits.”

City crews were delayed by numerous setbacks in the past few days as they worked to restore water to the area, including water pressure drops and water main leaks, he added.

“Every time we got somewhere, something else happened,” Khuns said.

A "do not drink water" advisory was issued for Hudson View Estates as a precaution due to the potential health hazards of the fire-fighting foam that was used. The warning does not pertain to Peekskill Towers or any other area. That advisory could be lifted as soon as Wednesday afternoon depending on health department tests. The boil water advisory issued on March 25 is still in effect for residents of Pemart Avenue from Marion Street to the dead end, and all residents who live on Catherine Street and Lakeview Drive. This includes Hudson View Estates and Peekskill Towers.

"Crews continue to work around the clock to address the situation,” said city spokesman Bob Knight. “The city continues its commitment to getting water permanently restored, and then finding a permanent solution for repairing the water main. The situation is still complex and changes frequently. Tankers with potable water remain at Peekskill Tower and at Hudson View Estates and will remain in place though the duration of the water main repair. I thank the affected residents who continue to handle this difficult situation well."

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