PA American Water lifts boil water advisory for customers in West Shore

2013-06-03T07:30:00Z 2013-06-03T10:19:39Z PA American Water lifts boil water advisory for customers in West ShoreThe Sentinel The Sentinel
June 03, 2013 7:30 am  • 

Pennsylvania American Water Monday morning lifted its boil water advisory for more than 2,000 customers on the West Shore.

The advisory had been in effect for customers in Silver Spring Township, Hampden Township, East Pennsboro Township and Lower Allen Township.

Crews worked through the weekend looking for a leak in a water line at the Wegman's Shopping Center on the Carlisle Pike.

The boil water advisory was put in place following a water main break Saturday morning in the parking lot of Silver Spring Square Shopping Center on the Carlisle Pike.

Posted Saturday on Cumberlink:

Pennsylvania American Water has restored water service Saturday evening for all affected customers in Silver Spring, Hampden, East Pennsboro and Lower Allen townships.

Although service is restored, the boil water advisory remains in effect. The utility is required to take two water samples 24 hours apart to confirm with the Department of Environmental Protection that water quality meets standards. Customers will be notified when the advisory is lifted.

For convenience, Pennsylvania American Water has placed a water tank at Kohl's Department Store at 6444 Carlisle Pike.

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A boil water advisory is in effect until further notice for Pennsylvania American Water company customers in Silver Spring, Hampden, East Pennsboro and Lower Allen townships.

The company issued the advisory after a leak was detected Saturday morning in a private service line at the Wegman’s Shopping Center on Carlisle Pike in Hampden Township, according to a statement posted on the company Facebook page.

The leak caused a significant loss of water in company storage tanks and the loss of positive water pressure which could lead to contamination entering the distribution system through back flow.

Customers are advised to use bottled water or bring all tap water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and then let it cool before using, the statement reads. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.

Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms that can cause such symptoms as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and headaches.

Pennsylvania American Water has identified the location of the leak and crews are working to isolate and shut off the leak to correct the issue.

To ease inconvenience, Pennsylvania American Water will have a water tanker stationed at the Kohl’s Department Store parking lot, 6444 Carlisle Pike, Hampden Township.  Customers are asked to bring their own containers when visiting a tanker for drinking water.

Customers experiencing pressure issues can contact the service center at 1-800-565-7292.

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