Boil water advisory for McKeesport area lifted |

Boil water advisory for McKeesport area lifted

Paul Peirce

A boil water advisory in the McKeesport area for Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County customers was lifted Wednesday after a second round of testing found no problems.

Authority spokesman Matthew Junker said Wednesday a second set of water samples over two consecutive days from the City of McKeesport and the boroughs of White Oak, Versailles and Port Vue were all clear, permitting the alert to be lifted. He said authority customers can now use water as normal.

Junker also said storage tank levels are at normal conditions, so it is no longer necessary to conserve water.

On Saturday, a water pump at the McKeesport pumping station broke while the backup pump was in the process of being rebuilt, resulting in the advisory, the authority said.

The pump failure caused a boil water advisory for about 16,000 authority customers.

The pump failure caused flooding of the intake building at the McKeesport plant, which had to be pumped out before repairs could begin.

The 10-million-gallon-per-day pump rebuild was expedited and, by early Sunday morning, was complete, the authority reported.

Under state Department of Environmental Protection regulations, the precautionary boil water advisory was implemented as storage tank elevations dropped, resulting in customers being without water.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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