Effective immediately, the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory has been lifted and the water is safe to use without boiling. Two consecutive water quality samples have tested negative for contaminants.
Customers can resume normal water usage without taking additional measures. If you experience cloudy or discolored water, you should run your faucets for a few minutes until the water runs clear.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this has caused to all of our customers and thank you for your patience as we worked to remedy this situation.
We are working to improve our member contact information so that we can quickly notify you in case of an emergency or planned water outage. Please update your contact information here as needed.
The situation that caused the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory was a confluence of events that combined to create the problem. We have two storage tanks. One is 417,000 gallons and the other is 53,000 gallons. The large tank (417,000) gallons contains enough water to supply the entire system for about two days. That tank was offline and undergoing major renovation so the entire system was being serviced by our smaller storage tank. When a major leak on an 8 inch line occurred, the small tank was emptied before the leak could be isolated and that caused a loss of system pressure and the need for a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory, following to DEP regulations. Under normal circumstances, with both tanks operational, the leak would have been isolated before system pressure was lost and an advisory would not have been needed. The renovation on the large storage tank was the first in 25 years of use so hopefully we don't need to worry about this occurring anytime soon.
On 9/24/2020, a major break in a water main on Lutz Lane resulted in a loss of positive system pressure. This condition potentially allows for contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites, to enter the system.
Pursuant to DEP Regulations, we issued a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory. No contaminants have been detected. We will be testing the system for contaminants over the next 24-48 hours and the Advisory will be lifted once test samples determine that the water is safe. Updates will be posted on this site as conditions change.
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and cool before using; or use bottled water. You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until the advisory has been lifted.
Repairs to the line break have been completed and positive water pressure has been restored. Initial water samples have been taken and a second sample will be taken on Friday. Results should be available Saturday. If no contaminants are detected, the Boil Water Advisory will be lifted. If contaminants are found, the Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until further testing finds that the water is safe.
DEP requires that we notify customers within 24 hours of the issuance of a Boil Water Advisory. We have notified each customer individually via an automated phone dialing system, posted notices on the Halfmoon Township website, published notices in the Centre Daily Times, and via this website.
Pennsylvania American Water provides more detailed recommendations for homeowners regarding water usage during a Boil Water Advisory here.
DEP provides special guidelines for Retail Grocery and Food Establishments her
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