Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County issues boil drinking water advisory for thousands

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The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County is asking about 50,000 households, mostly north of Route 30, to boil their drinking water until further notice.

Water collected Wednesday at the George R. Sweeney Water Treatment Plant showed a possible deficiency of the filtration barrier, the municipal authority said.

Authority spokeswoman Gina Cerilli said a malfunction at the plant caused concern, not a contamination of the water. The authority began flushing water and adding chlorine tonight, she said.

It is unclear when the advisory would be lifted, Ms. Cerilli said.

Water — such as that used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food — should be boiled for a minute and then cooled, the authority advises.

White Oak is the only community in Allegheny County affected.

Many schools also are closed: Kiski Area, Apollo-Ridge and Leechburg Area schools districts announced on their websites their closure today. It was not immediately clear how many other districts may have canceled classes because of the advisory. 

Other affected communities include:

Adamsburg

Allegheny Township

Apollo

Avonmore

Bell Township

Conemaugh

Delmont

Derry Township

East Vandergrift

Export

Gilpin

Hyde Park

Irwin

Jeanette

Kiskiminetas

Leechburg

Loyalhanna

Manor Borough

Murrysville

North Apollo

North Greensburg

North Huntingdon

North Irwin

Oklahoma Borough

Parks Township

Penn Borough

Penn Township

Salem

Saltsburg

Vandergrift

Washington Township

West Leechburg

White Oak


Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published October 24, 2013 10:16 PM

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