Burst pipe causes tap water to run brown

Brown water gushes into a tub at 278 First Avenue

Brown water gushes into a tub at 278 First Avenue

By Sabina Mollot

Residents of a Stuy Town building were in for a nasty shock when they turned on their faucets last Friday morning and saw brown water gushing out.

One resident at 278 First Avenue, who first discovered the Stuy Town tea after 2:30 a.m., said he was told by a property manager later that morning that a major pipe had burst.

At around 7:30 a.m., he was informed the problem had been fixed and that he could just let the water run until it turned clear. As far as he could see, though, it was still brown.

When asked about the pipe, a spokesperson for Con Ed told T&V he hadn’t heard about the problem and a spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Protection said he hadn’t either. However, he noted that of the 2,000 water leaks the DEP is called to fix each year, 80 percent of them are directly related to the pipes of private properties rather than city lines.

A spokesperson for CWCapital didn’t respond to a request for comment on where the pipe had burst.

In a separate incident on Monday, 19 buildings had their water shut down temporarily in the afternoon due to a water main break on the Avenue C Loop. Management announced on Facebook that the water was shut down so that emergency repairs could be made and that the water would be turned on again in the evening.

Impacted buildings were: 245, 271, 277, 281, 283 and 285 Avenue C, 605, 615, 625, 635, 645, 647, 649, 651, 653 and 655 East 14th Street and 6, 8 and 10 Stuyvesant Oval.

2 thoughts on “Burst pipe causes tap water to run brown

  1. Brown water has long been a trademark of Stuyvesant Town. I think “management” used to call it “champaign-tinted l’eau de sty” or something like that.

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