The Johnson City village board has approved emergency work to replace an antiquated water main.

Trustees voted Tuesday night to authorize spending $200,000 from the village water to address an ongoing problem in a North Side neighborhood.

Johnson City director of public services Joshua Holland said sediment has built up over the years on a section of water line on Zoa Avenue.

The issue has resulted in a serious water discoloration problem for several months for a family in a home on Zoa Avenue near Miriam Street.

A new fire hydrant was installed recent as workers tried to address a water main problem on Zoa Avenue in Johnson City. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
A new fire hydrant was installed recent as workers tried to address a water main problem on Zoa Avenue in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Resident Jenna Mauro expressed frustration that previous efforts to address the problem were unsuccessful. Upon learning that repair work is planned for this spring, Mauro said: "I'm excited. I'm hopeful." But she said now she'll wait to see what happens when the line is replaced.

Holland said the existing four-inch water line is to be replaced with a six-inch line on Zoa Avenue between Miriam and Balch streets.

Although $200,000 has been allocated for the project, Holland said the total cost of the work may be less than that.

A Johnson City mother said her newborn son's infant tub was filled with this discolored water shortly after he came home from the hospital. Photo: Jenna Mauro
A Johnson City mother said her newborn son's infant tub was filled with this discolored water shortly after he came home from the hospital. (Photo: Jenna Mauro)
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