More than 17 hours after a massive water main break was reported in Waterbury, water service has finally been restored.
Officials said the large water main break occurred around 3:30 p.m. Monday along Huntingdon Avenue.
At the peak, nearly 1,000 customers were without water in parts of Waterbury and neighboring Watertown.
As of 6 a.m., officials said between 100 and 200 customers still remained without water, but those customers had service restored after 8:30 a.m.
"The lady next door, as soon as I came in, said we don't have water," said Alicia Nealy of Waterbury.
Nealy was not alone, many residents and business owners were affected by the break.
"I went to go take the shower, and so we had to run baths because the water was not coming out at all at the regular pressure," said Toni Barrett of Waterbury. "And then they said something about a water main break."
Water department officials said there would be a system-wide flush later in the morning and that people may see a discoloration to their water. Customers should run their water to clear out the discoloration.
Officials said the nearby Olive Oil Factory did sustain some water damage from all the running water. The owners told Eyewitness News that it was a "catastrophic loss," and the health department is reviewing the damage to figure out what they can salvage.
The break is believed to have been caused by a private contractor who was drilling near the Olive Oil Factory, officials said.
The mayor's office is looking to determine if the contractor will be responsible for the cleanup.
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