- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Thousands of people in Westchester County lost water service for a few hours when New York City workers closed a major valve without notifying the affected communities.

Officials in Yonkers and Mount Vernon initially thought a water main had burst because of Wednesday’s sudden drop in water pressure. The Mount Vernon water commissioner said a 48-inch shaft was closed off.

Those cities and other communities should have been notified about the valve maintenance so they could switch to backup water delivery systems.

But New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, which operates the watershed, says its workers notified a different set of municipalities, not the ones that would actually be affected.

Homes and businesses were affected in parts of Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye.

The DEP apologized.

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