Bradford in State of Emergency after water main break

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BRADFORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A water main break in Bradford, Pennsylvania has resulted in a State of Emergency.

Crews have been working to fix the break since Monday afternoon, however a three million gallon holding reservoir is empty, and a two million gallon tank is draining fast. This information is on the City of Bradford Police’s Facebook page.

Bradford residents are urged to only use water for absolute necessities. Officials are worried bacteria could be in the water supply. People are told to boil water before drinking it.

The break is impacting the Bradford Area School District and the University at Pittsburgh’s Bradford campus. The school confirms they will be closed for the rest of the week, and they are encouraging students to go home if possible.There is no water for drinking or flushing toilets. The school has more than 1,500 students enrolled, plus faculty.

The Bradford Area School District is also closed.

There have been dozens of water main breaks in the region during the past few weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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