NEW STANTON — A malfunction in the filtration system of a water treatment center in Westmoreland County has prompted officials to direct customers in Saltsburg and Conemaugh Township in southern Indiana County to boil their water before using it.
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County issued the order Thursday for about 50,000 of its 125,000 customers in the region.
Spokeswoman Gina Cerilli said the order is precautionary and will stand until tests show the water has reached needed purification levels.
Should tests show satisfactory results on Saturday or Sunday, the boil water order would stand until Monday or Tuesday, when the system would be cleared of potential contamination.
The authority directed customers to boil water for one minute then to let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food.
The authority has increased the levels of chlorine treatment in the system and has started flushing its distribution lines today, Cerilli said. In addition to Saltsburg and Conemaugh Township, other communities affected by the order include Derry Township, Apollo, Avonmore, Allegheny Township, Bell Township, Loyalhanna Township, Oklahoma, Salem Township, Washington Township, Kiskiminetas Township, Leechburg, North Apollo and Parks Township.