Boil Water Advisory Remains in Part of Perkiomen Twp.

PERKIOMEN TOWNSHIP PA – A boil-water advisory for a portion of Perkiomen Township served by Pennsylvania American Water remained in effect Tuesday (Oct. 13, 2020) as of 8 a.m., according to a pre-recorded company telephone notification, after a water quality “emergency alert” in the municipality and elsewhere was issued Monday (Oct. 12) shortly past noon.

The alert is attributed to a break in a 24-inch-sized water main at the corner of Marshall and Markley Streets in Norristown, according to Montgomery County Office of Public Health officials. The break caused a loss of positive water pressure, and increased chances that the water might contain disease-causing organisms, it added.

The list of organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that “can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches,” officials reported.

Other municipalities under the advisory are the boroughs of Norristown and Bridgeport, and portions of West Norriton, East Norriton, Upper Merion, Plymouth, Lower Providence, Whitpain, Worcester, and Whitemarsh townships, according to a county media release. An estimated 86,700 residents could be affected.

The advisory means no one in the affected area should drink the water without boiling it first. Pennsylvania American suggested users “bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and cool before using; or use bottled water. You should use boil or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.”

Although Pennsylvania American work crews “isolated the main break, and water pressure is currently being restored to all customers,” the county indicated there was “no timetable for how long repairs will take.”

At a minimum, it said, the advisory “will remain in place until repairs have been made, pressure has been restored, and two consecutive days of sampling are negative for total coliform bacteria with compliant chlorine residuals.” Given that explanation, Wednesday at about 12:30 p.m. might be the earliest the advisory would expire.

Food service facilities were also affected. The county told their operators they must immediately close unless they provide an approved alternative source of water (for example, from a licensed potable drinking water supplier), and contact the public health office for approval of the alternative sources. Retail food facilities were allowed to remain open to sell only prepackaged items, so long as they also provided hand sanitizer for use at all hand sinks.

Landlord providing water service to tenants under their accounts were asked to “inform your tenants so they are aware of this impact to their water service.

For more information, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at (800) 565-7292.

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