A 24-inch water main that ruptured near the Endicott water department headquarters has been put back in service.

Barricades were placed in the area where the water main break occurred. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although operations are returning to normal, a boil water order for thousands of customers served by the village system remains in place.

Water crews worked more than 18 hours to repair the main line break that occurred on South Street.

The trouble was discovered around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Crews were called in to isolate the break and repair the water main. The work wrapped up around 8 p.m.

Village water department workers said a significant amount of water was lost due to the break but no estimates were immediately available. Motorists drove through pools of water and mud near the work site on Monday.

Those who receive water from the system in Endicott, Endwell, West Corners and West Endicott should continue to boil water before consuming it. Water does not have to be boiled if it's being used for bathing or showering.

Water samples are being taken from the system to make sure there is no health threat. If the tests show no signs of potential contamination, the boil water directive could be lifted on Wednesday.

A village of Endicott truck poured water on a parking lot to help clear mud that formed after a water main ruptured. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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