2017-01-13 / Local

Boil water advisory in effect in North Towanda Township

BY JAMES LOEWENSTEIN

Staff Writer

NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP — Due to a water main break, a boil water advisory went into effect on Thursday for approximately 100 Towanda Municipal Authority customers in North Towanda Township, a TMA official said.

The break occurred at about 9 a.m. Thursday in a water main that runs parallel to U.S. Route 6, said Fred Johnson, TMA superintendent. The location of the break was by the Paradise Inn & Suites in North Towanda, which was formerly named the Best Western Plus hotel, he said.

The water main was repaired about 1 p.m. Thursday, he said.

A piece of PVC pipe, which serves as a water main, split, and so a section of the pipe had to be removed and replaced, he said.

Johnson said he did not know what caused the pipe to split.

It’s possible that a pointed piece of rock outside the pipe could have worked its way up against the bottom of the pipe, causing the split when an increase in water pressure in the pipe expanded the pipe, he said. “These things happen.”

The boil water advisory was issued by the Towanda Municipal Authority “for customers on Hillcrest Drive west to State Police Barracks and north to Crystal Springs Motel in North Towanda Township,” according to a press release issued by the Towanda Municipal Authority.

“Customers affected are advised to boil all water for drinking, ice making, brushing teeth, washing dishes and cooking to a rolling boil for 1 minute and let cool before consuming. This boil advisory will stay in effect until further notice,” the press release states.

Before the boil water advisory can be lifted, the water in the service area where the boil water advisory is in effect must test negative for the presence of total coliform bacteria two days in a row, Johnson said.

A water sample for the testing was taken on Thursday after the water main was repaired, and another sample will be taken today, he said.

Johnson said he expects the boil water advisory to be lifted on Saturday or Monday, depending on how soon he can get the results from the laboratory that is performing the testing.

The Towanda Municipal Authority owns and operates the Towanda Water & Sewer Systems.

James Loewenstein can be contacted at (570) 265-2151 ext. 1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com.

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