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Albany Issues Water Restrictions

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The City of Albany has instituted mandatory water restrictions.

As crews struggle with the monumental task of repairing the broken water main at the site of a sinkhole on South Lake Avenue at Elberon place, the city is directing residents to conserve water - that means NO lawn watering of any kind, no car washing or hosing of driveways or sidewalks and no filling of swimming pools.        

It's ok to water your garden - by hand. To expedite sink hole repairs, the major water transmission main that brings water from Albany's treatment plant in Feura Bush to the Loudonville Reservoir, has been turned off.

And due to the extreme heat and high humidity, the city will offer bus service every half hour between noon and 6pm between Lincoln Park Pool (which has been closed due to the water main break) to Meyers Pool on Whitehall Road and Mater Christi Pool on New Scotland Road.

Failure to comply with the water restrictions  above may result in a fine.

If you have questions about water restrictions, call the Department of Water & Water Supply at 434-5300.

via City Hall:

The Albany City School District will be opening Myers Middle School Pool (located at 100 Elbel Ct. off Whitehall Rd.) and City lifeguards will staff it so that residents have a place to cool off during the anticipated three-day heat wave. The City will provide transportation from the closed Lincoln Park Pool to Myers Middle School and the Mater Christi Pool. The Myers Middle School Pool will be open on Thursday, August 11, Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13, from 12 noon until 7 p.m., and the Mater Christi Pool will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m..

Buses will be making round trips from the Lincoln Park Pool to the Myers Middle School and Mater Christi pools every half hour beginning at 12 noon until 6 p.m.. The last bus will leave at 7:00 p.m. to return to the Lincoln Park Pool.  Adults must accompany children under the age of 16 on the bus and must sign a waiver for 16 to 17 year olds to ride unsupervised.

“I want to thank the Albany City School District for their willingness to work with the City to make a third pool available for our residents,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “With expected high heat over the next three days, we were very concerned about the lack of ability to use Lincoln Park Pool. We hope that extending the hours at Arbor Hill Pool and providing transportation to Myers and Mater Christi will help more residents escape the heat.”

The Arbor Hill Pool at 50 Lark Street remains open to the community from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is extending its evening hours, remaining open to the public from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice.  Please note, the Arbor Hill Pool is not open to the public between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to accommodate summer youth camps.  

The 11 spray pads around the City remain open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Questions regarding the pools can be directed to the Department of Recreation at (518) 434-5699. 


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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