Vandals contaminated the private water system of a mobile home park in Westmoreland County on Sunday, leaving some 50 homes within the community without water service.
Pennsylvania State Police at Greensburg are investigating the incident that occurred at 5 a.m. at the Pineview Manor Park on Sugar Pine Lane near New Stanton in Hempfield.
Police said in a news release that someone dumped the water treatment chemicals at the community water facility then poured an unknown substance into the water tank that supplies the park. The water was rendered unsafe for use. The public water system is not impacted, police said. The mobile home park's water system is privately owned and maintained.
The American Red Cross is assisting, according to a statement from Dan Tobin of the agency's western region office in Pittsburgh.
Mr. Tobin said his volunteers would be going through the neighborhood with bottled water this evening. Residents who go to the state police barracks in New Stanton on North Center Avenue will be given water from a water buffalo.
A 2012 New York Times article reported that roughly 130 people were part of the Pineview Manor community.