Pennsylvania American Water issued a boil-water advisory for customers in Plains Township
Pennsylvania American Water issued a precautionary boil water advisory for customers in Plains Township due to low water levels in a storage tank serving the area. According to Times Leader, customers along East Mountain Drive, Baltimore Drive, and Wildflower Drive are advised to not drink water without first boiling it.
Pennsylvania American Water experienced a loss in positive water pressure due to low tank levels. According to Pennsylvania Water, “a loss of positive water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow by back-pressure or backsiphonage.”
There is a chance that the water in the area may contain disease-causing organisms. Organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms like nausea, cramps and diarrhea. According to Times Leader, symptoms such as these are not just caused by organisms in drinking water. Those with compromised immune systems, including infants and elderly, may be at an increased risk.
Water tankers are available at the Holiday Inn East Mountain and Wildflower Apartments Office. According to Times Leader, customers should bring their own containers to the locations.
Pennsylvania American Water crews have addressed the issue and have said tank levels are returning to normal, according to Times Leader. The company will collect and analyze water quality samples, including bacteria samples.
“We will inform you when the corrective actions have been completed and you no longer need to boil your water,” a company release said.
More information can be found on Pennsylvania American Water’s website at www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com.