Water Conservation Order Lifted For MAWC Customers

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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One Comment

  1. Helen Tutelo says:

    on a positive note — at least we still have our power lol.. on a negative note .. everyone in Kiski Township has to go elsware for water because our firehall dont have any trucks there grrrrrrr .. what a mess hope it comes back soon !!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    dose this mean we cant use the water or just can’t drink the water

  3. Anonymous says:

    can someone please explain ‘no use’ in detail?!

  4. Anonymous says:

    can someone please explain ‘no use’ in detail? washing clothing? bathing? ingesting? flushing toilets?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Clarify this someone. My water still works, but if it’s like sewage I don’t want to drink it

  6. Rocky Ballboa says:

    Chuck Norris will save us!

  7. Anonymous Water User says:

    It would be really nice to know exactly what time this order started. I’ve already made coffee for the morning and washed the dishes in our water late this evening. Does that mean my coffee pot and dishes are contaminated? Are we OK to drink the coffee if we made the pot of coffee before your phone call went out to announce the no use order around midnight? Can we still flush? Can we bathe in the water? Or does this order simply mean we shouldn’t drink it?
    Could we still drink it if we boiled it for 10 minutes first?

    A little information is not helpful. We need details please!!!

    1. Nikki says:

      Yes, if you boil the water it should be ok.

      I got a phone call right around midnight last night with an automated call saying not to use the water but it also did not say whether it is no use for anything else. I think they would not want us to use it at all because they are trying to conserve the good water they have. Hope this helps.

  8. Anonymous says:

    leave it to the media to let us down!!!!! more info please.

  9. Anonymous says:

    drink the dirty water and get sick, then sue the county. they can afford it with all that money they banked in by not installing a backup system

  10. Anonymous says:

    According to MAWC, no use means no use whatsoever! The water currently in the lines is there for emergency personnel in case of a fire, etc. DO NOT USE THE WATER!!! Don’t drink, don’t flush! You get the point!

    1. Anonymous says:

      As a response to the post I made earlier, I took initiative and called the mawc to find out more information. After waiting on hold for a half hour, I was able to gain this information. Yes, it’d be nice if they’ d post that on their website but they haven’t as of yet and I’m sorry about that but the least you can do is not use the water. What’s in the lines isn’t contaminated, they just won’t be able to produce more once this water is gone due to the power failure!

  11. Anonymous says:

    please point the rest of us to the MAWC website where it defines what ‘no use’ means? ‘according to MAWC’…what is your official source?!

  12. Anonymous says:

    so i need to pee & deficate in the backyard? families with young children? the elderly? please be realistic!

    1. Anonymous says:

      i already took a dump in my neighbor’s back yard… i always wanted to, and this time i had a legitimate reason

  13. Redlocks says:

    To Anonymous,
    It would be nice if MAWC would see fit to clarify those instructions for the publice, since it is the public that is affected. We aren’t stupid….we can understand directions……IF THEY ARE CLEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    and the article specifically says DO NOT USE THE WATER . . my daughter brushed her teeth at 10 pm the water didnt smell etc. i think they dont want people using whats left in the reserve.. because it will suck in the polluted water . i truly hope they get it fixed really soon . AND this may be a vague report from kdka but at least they reported it ! channel 4 and 11 have nothing about it .. i quit watching them because they never report whats important ! so thanks kdka you reported before the call came in ! i was able to alert family sooner !

  15. Redlocks says:

    I checked the MAWC website a few minutes ago and they do not specify what “no use” means……….so it is impossible to tell from that source if it means it is unfit to use or just that they don’t want us to use it………Again, I would comment that we would understand and do our best to follow instructions, IF THEY WEREN’T SO VAGUE!!!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    ‘good job’…i had an emergency brewing here myself so i rode over to the MAWC office and left them a present. that was backup plan.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I would like to know what they meant by “An extended period of time.” Are we talking DAYS, WEEKS?

  18. Anonymous says:

    The article stated they lost power to the pumps meaning no new water coming in. I would assume the water in lines and towers would be unaffected but would be in limited supply. If everyone uses what is left to shower, flush toilets, and make coffee then if a fire broke out there would not be enough left to put it out. They asked us not to use it so I wont and this probably happend within the last few hours I have already received an automated phone call from the water authority. Not knowing is hard but let ‘s give them a few hours to get enough information to report on before we send out the lynch mob.

  19. anonymous987654321 says:

    I asked my friend, who used to be a firefighter, where the fire department gets the water for the water buffalo. He laughed, and said they used to suck it up from the creek and throw a water purification tablet in. My advice: get your water from a friend with clean water, not the water buffalo.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    It’s a frac water spill!

  22. Art says:

    This is the latest, copied from MAWC.org., now a 24 hour conservation notice.

    otor Control System Failure- Sweeney Plant
    The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County is in the process of correcting the internal power problem with their motor control system and is once again able to operate the George R Sweeney Treatment Plant. However, due to the period of time the plant was out of service and in order to build up its reserves the MAWC is instituting a 24 HOUR CONSERVATION NOTICE. All customers in the affected areas are asked to limit their usage over the next 24 hours. This is not a water quality issue. The water is safe for consumption but PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONSERVE. The MAWC is issuing a “24 HOUR CONSERVATION NOTICE” order for all customers in the Northern Communities of:
    Allegheny Township, Avonmore Borough, Bell Township, Delmont Borough, East Vandergrift Township, Export Borough, Hyde Park Borough, Loyalhanna Township, Municipality of Murrysville, New Alexandria Borough, Oklahoma Borough, Salem Township, Vandergrift Borough, Washington Township, West Leechburg, Apollo Borough, Gilpin Township, Kiskimineatas Township, Leechburg Borough, North Apollo Borough, Parks Township. This notice affects approximately 35,000 customer accounts.

  23. Kathy says:

    I didn’t appreciate the phone call at 11:45 p.m. last night notifying me of this! Some of us need to get rest to go to work the next day. Another call at 6:04 a.m. (at least I was up then).

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