By John Shumway

HEMPFIELD (KDKA) – Thousands of people in Westmoreland County can use their water as normal again, after a boil water alert was issued last week.

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County issued a statement Monday afternoon to announce that the alert had been lifted.

“Over the past two days, MAWC has conducted test sampling and all test results came back with no indication of bacteria. Customers may now resume normal water usage,” the statement said.

Officials issued the advisory on Thursday after a filter water sample came back from the George R. Sweeney Treatment Plant indicating there was a “potential deficiency of the filtration barrier.”

Approximately 50,000 people were affected by the advisory, in the area north of Route 30. Small parts of Allegheny and Armstrong counties were also affected.

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