Fredonia unsure why water main breaks occurred

Fredonia village officials are seeking an answer to what caused a number of water main breaks throughout the village from Wednesday night through Friday morning. Mayor Athanasia Landis told the OBSERVER on Saturday that all water main breaks have been addressed in the village though questions remain on why it happened.

“It’s nothing we can pinpoint at this moment,” she said, noting it was likely a problem with pressure. “We are looking into it … and we are looking at addressing it.”

Besides the Fredonia Department of Public Works, crews from the city of Dunkirk and town of Pomfret assisted the village in repairing the water main breaks. “We appreciate that very much,” Landis said. “They did an excellent job.”

The first water main break happened around Wednesday night at 10. Crews in Fredonia made repairs but then were busy throughout Thursday with another five breaks. “I know we have some big problems with infrastructure … it’s really been neglected,” the mayor said.

As for the lost water, which drained a portion of the reservoir, Landis noted nobody is on the hook to pay for it. However, if the village were part of the north county water district, it would be billed for that lost product.

“It makes me uneasy,” she said, “but at least we are not paying for this.”