DELMONT (KDKA) — The water conservation order for 35,000 Municipal Water Authority of Westmoreland County customers has been lifted.

The order covered 20 communities in Armstrong and Westmoreland counties. It came after a power outage shut down pumps at a water treatment plant.

Customers were never left high and dry, but some may have experienced low water pressure, especially if they live in elevated areas.

“We never got to the point where the tanks did not contain water, but they were at levels that gave us serious concerns about whether we were going to keep people in service and be able to provide fire protection,” Chris Kerr, a spokesperson for MAWC, said.

As a precaution, nearly a dozen water buffalos were placed at fire stations throughout the affected areas.

The problem began Monday night at the George Sweeney Treatment Plant at the Beaver Run Reservoir in Bell Township.

“One of our circuit packs at the plant that failed which didn’t permit us from pumping from our low service station to our plant, bringing the water into the plant,” Kerr said.

When the authority attempted to repair the problem, they soon discovered there was an electrical short. However, power has been fully restored to the plant.

“All the shorts have been repaired and all of the pumps are operating,” Kerr said.

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