Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]A boil-water advisory remains in effect for hundreds of homes in the Tioga Terrace area of the town of Owego after a water line ruptured, causing a dramatic drop in a reservoir.

Town supervisor Donald Castellucci said the problem was discovered late October 31. He said water was pouring from a 12-inch line on Route 434 a short distance west of the Vestal town line.

Castellucci said repairs were completed early November 1. He said water department workers estimated about 200,000 gallons of water spilled

The town supervisor said he was told the pipe split but didn't actually break. He said the weekend problem occurred in the same area where a similar problem occurred about a year-and-a-half ago.

Castellucci said water department workers will increase monitoring of water lines in the area to try to prevent any additional problems from occurring. He said it's not known what caused the latest leak.

The boil water advisory remains in effect as a precaution for parts of Apalachin. It affects the Shady Hill Road area; the Tioga Terrace area; and the area of Tobey Road and the Stephens Road mobile home park.

The town expects to receive water test results on November 3. If the results show no contamination, the advisory would be lifted.

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