Montrose – End to water woes in sight

The Village of Montrose is optimistic that water restrictions could be lifted this week

The Village of Montrose is optimistic that water restrictions could be lifted this week after a water main breakage more than three weeks ago.

The village’s previously existing water supply was used for a test period on Tuesday and could be accessible to residents as early as Thursday

An air lock in the water main below the valves was detected during a test on Friday. The lines were charged to bleed it out, but the pressure “blew” an on-site hot water tank, explained Kevin Chartres, the chief administrative officer for the village.

The test damaged three homes with finished basements and flooded some other unfinished basements with minimal damages. Chartres said the village has been in contact with insurance providers.

“We’re optimistic about the water being on again (Thursday) if everything goes well,” he added. “But we have to wait and see what happens.”

The boil water advisory will remain after the water restrictions have been lifted, and when the water main has been tested, residents will be notified of any changes.