Update: Boil Water Advisory Lifted in Limerick

LIMERICK PA – A boil water advisory imposed on much of Limerick Township and surrounding areas was removed Saturday (Jan. 4, 2020) at 7 a.m. by Pennsylvania American Water Company.

“You may resume your normal water usage,” the company reported to its affected customers.

“Acceptable test results” were obtained Thursday and Friday (Jan. 3 and 4) regarding Limerick water quality, following a low-pressure problem discovered Thursday, the company said. The state Department of Environmental Protection subsequently authorized lifting the advisory.

This update supercedes an earlier story published today by The Post:

Early Saturday, No End Yet to Boiling Advisory

LIMERICK PA – A boil water advisory issued earlier this week by Pennsylvania American Water for a large portion of Limerick Township

“We will inform you when corrective actions have been completed and you no longer need to boil your water,” the company continued to report at the “Alert Notifications” section of its website.

Pennsylvania American’s advisory was announced Thursday afternoon (Jan. 2) after it said it discovered “an issue with a system control that resulted in a loss in positive water pressure.” The pressure drop increased the “chance that the water might contain disease-causing organisms,” it said. The company claimed about 4,635 customer properties were affected.

Since then, the utility stationed four tanker trucks (photo at top) across the affected area. They carry free, fresh, potable water for those who want to fill their own canisters to bring home. Tankers, operating from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., are located at:

  • Limerick Municipal Building, 646 W. Ridge Pike, in the rear;
  • Limerick Diner, 411 Ridge Pike;
  • Dometic Corporation, 640 N. Lewis Rd.; and
  • Giant Foods in the Court at Upper Providence, 1824 Ridge Pike.

Students attending the Spring-Ford Area School District’s Limerick Elementary and Evans Elementary schools, as well as students at the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center, were supplied with bottled water Thursday and Friday, the district reported. It said it “shut off” water fountains, water bottle filling stations, and sinks approved for drinking as part of the advisory, and its kitchens boiled any water used for cooking.

Several area business, particularly restaurants and others in the affected area that rely heavily on water for their operations, reported themselves as closed while the advisory was in effect. They included:

A few firms that had closed earlier, but later were able to obtain their own supplies of fresh water, re-opened. Among them were the Creekside Sports Bar and Grille, 765 N. Lewis Rd, where owners happily welcomed customers Friday night at 5:30.

Also Friday, the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety said Pennsylvania American’s earlier published map of the affected area was, as a precaution, broadly drawn to include locations immediately beyond those under advisory. They involved portions of Lower Pottsgrove, New Hanover, Upper Providence, Perkiomen, and Lower Frederick townships, and Trappe borough. Any of those municipalities not served by Pennsylvania American are also not under the advisory, the department cautioned.

Photo by The Post Publications