Soil and water

Johnson City could spend $200,000 to fix neighborhood water problem

Johnson City Village Council has approved emergency work to replace an outdated water main.

Trustees voted Tuesday night to authorize the expenditure of $200,000 of village water to fix a lingering problem in a North Side neighborhood.

Johnson City Utilities Manager Joshua Holland said sediment has accumulated over the years on a section of water main on Zoa Avenue.

The problem resulted in a serious water discoloration problem for several months for a family in a house on Zoa Avenue near Miriam Street.

A new fire hydrant was installed recently as workers attempted to fix a water main problem on Zoa Avenue in Johnson City. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A new fire hydrant was installed recently as workers attempted to fix a water main problem on Zoa Avenue in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Resident Jenna Mauro expressed frustration that previous efforts to address the issue had failed. Upon hearing that repair work is planned for this spring, Mauro said: “I’m excited. I’m hopeful.” But she said now she will wait to see what happens when the line is replaced.

Holland said the existing four-inch water pipe is to be replaced with a six-inch pipe on Zoa Avenue between Miriam and Balch streets.

Although $200,000 has been allocated for the project, Holland said the total cost of the work could be less than that.

A Johnson City mother said her newborn son’s bathtub filled with the discolored water shortly after he returned from the hospital. Photo: Jenna Mauro

A Johnson City mother said her newborn son’s bathtub filled with the discolored water shortly after he returned from the hospital. (Photo: Jenna Mauro)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected]. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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