The boil water order for all Danbury residents on city water is epxected to be lifted today. It was put in place when about a third of the City lost water or water pressure due to a valve break on a water main under Tamarack Avenue. Mayor Mark Boughton says the order remains in effect make sure water output is reading at the appropriate make up and is safe to drink.
Each impacted Danbury Public School was given 2,400 bottles of water for consumption and hand washing. More water will be made available if needed. The school lunch service continued after precautions were taken to ensure food safety. Western Connecticut State University has been given 6,000 bottles of water for students, in addition to what they have already purchased.
Bottled water was available for pickup at Danbury Fire Headquarters on New Street for residents who have been impacted by the water main break. As of 10pm, the City was running low on the donated bottled water. Once this supply runs out, no more will be available for free.
Boughton hopes to have more rain in the coming days to replenish the reservoir, though it was near 100-percent prior to the break. Boughton believes it's early enough in Spring that the City will be ok on capacity through the summer, when prolonged dry weather could lead to drought conditions.
The repair came at a significant cost, which has not yet been calculated. Boughton notes that the flight to pick up the part was an unanticipated cost. There is enough money in the water budget to cover the expensive endeavor, according to Boughton.