Fredonia hit with five water main breaks

OBSERVER Staff Report

At least five water main breaks occurred last week in the village of Fredonia, which put a strain on the water system.

According to a number of local officials, other municipalities were called in to help the village with the breaks, some of which occurred near Central Avenue, Seymour Street and Chestnut Street. DPW crews were working on Friday morning near the college on one of the breaks

On Thursday, there were some concerns regarding the supply in the reservoir some officials stated. How much water was lost is not known, but it did take a toll on the system.

Village officials, however, did not return a number of phone calls placed during the afternoon on Friday. County Executive Vince Horrigan was aware of the situation but declined to comment.

Since 2009, the village has maintained a stance of opposition toward the North County Water District. Since Carriage House closed in 2015, however, village water use has decreased while rates have been going up — and are poised to increase more in the future. The most recent water rate increase was more than 30 percent to users and kicked in with the approval of the latest budget.