Undocumented Roosevelt Island Water Main Cut During Cornell NYC Tech Construction - Southtown Riverwalk Apartments Getting Brown Water In Sinks, Toilets And Showers
Residents of Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Buidings in Southtown experienced problems with brown water coming from their sinks, toilets and showers today. From the Roosevelt Island twitterverse
@Rooseveltisland 405 main has dark brown water for the past 3 hours, as do some of the other buildings in southtown.Residents from other Riverwalk buildings added this afternoon:
— Ilene Weinerman (@ilenewe) January 20, 2014
It's happening in 405. I was told it was a water main break.and:
i am having the same problem in 465and:
yes in 425, eeeew.I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato:
Residents of Southtown Riverwalk buildings are reporting having brownish water coming from their sinks, toilets and showers this afternoonRIOC Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus reported that an undocumented water main pipe was cut on the northwest side of the former Goldwater Hospital site
Some are being told it is caused by a water main break at building 7 construction site.
Does RIOC have any information on this matter?
Roosevelt Island Water Main Break On Site of Cornell NYC Tech Construciton
during construction drilling for the new Cornell NYC Tech campus.
Worker Cleaning Up After Water Main Break
Public Safety Director McManus advises residents in Riverwalk buildings not to drink the tap water or take showers until more information is available.
NYC Department of Environmental Protection was on the scene of the water main break.
Unknown Roosevelt Island cables, pipes and other underground material beneath Goldwater Hospital may be a continual problem during Cornell NYC Tech construction.
UPDATE 7:04 PM - RIOC sent out the following advisory at 7:02 PM:
Earlier this afternoon, a Water Main Break occurred at the former Goldwater Hospital site during construction drilling for the new Cornell Tech Campus. Residents of Southtown Riverwalk buildings have reported "brownish" water coming from their sinks, toilets and showers. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), who is overseeing the repair to the water main, advises residents not to drink or shower in the water until the water main is repaired and the water returns to its normal color.UPDATE 1/21 at 8:30 AM - RIOC President Charlene Indelicato reports no further information from DEP regarding safety of water though she hopes to get an answer this morning.
UPDATE 9:35 AM - RIOC President Indelicato reports being told by DEP that the Roosevelt Island water from Rivercross building south, including Riverwalk Buildings is unsafe for drinking and bathing until further notice.
UPDATE 9:50 AM - Related Management, the building managers for Riverwalk buildings sent the following notice to its residents today:
Date: January 21, 2014 Re: Contaminated Water Situation Please be advised that there is a contaminated water situation currently on the island and residents are experiencing brown water. PLEASE DO NOT BATH OR USE THE DOMESTIC WATER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The Department of Environmental Protection is on the Island performing tests and has not determined if the water is safe for consumption yet. The contamination occurred as a result of construction at the Goldwater Hospital and the pipe has already been fixed but we are still awaiting the water test results. As soon as we have more information we will share it with you. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.UPDATE 10:42 - According to RIOC:
Please be advised that due to a Water Main Break at the former Goldwater Hospital site on January 20th 2014, residents of Southtown Riverwalk and the Rivercross buildings should refrain from drinking or bathing in the water from their sinks, tubs, or showers until further notice. Residents should also refrain from drinking or bathing in water at the Sportspark facility and all other buildings south of the Rivercross complex. The Department of Environmental Protection is working to correct the problem. For further information you may contact the DEP directly at (718) 595-4200/ 4201.UPDATE 2:55 PM - NYC DEP Press Spokesperson confirms that Roosevelt Island water is safe for drinking and bathing. Also advises if water is discolored to let it run for a few minutes until it becomes clear.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Please be advised that residents in the Rivercross complex and all buildings south of Rivercross may bathe in and drink the water from their taps. If the water appears dirty, be advised that this is not a health issue, but taps may be run until the lines are cleared. Residents are advised to call 311 with any inquiries.Rivercross management sent the following memo to its residents:
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection has reported that the water serving Rivercross and the other water main break effected buildings on Roosevelt Island, is safe to use. If you see any discoloration in the water, let it run until clear. This is also the reason why the laundry rooms were shut; as the drop in pressure caused by the break, caused particulate matter to clog the machine filters and shut them down. They have all been cleared since and both laundry rooms are functioning normally.and Related Management sent this memo to Riverwalk resident:
Please be advised the water is safe to consume and use. The Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed their findings moments ago and residents can resume using the water from the building’s water supply.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.