PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Officials with Pennsylvania American Water say they have now lifted a “do not use” water warning in Armstrong County and issued a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory.

According to officials, the notice applies to Pennsylvania American Water customers in the Boroughs of Kittanning and Applewold and portions of Manor and Rayburn townships.

Before using the water for any purpose, the about 2,100 Kittanning customers under the advisory are advised to:

  • Drain and refill the hot water heater
  • Flush the hot and cold water systems for at least five minutes
  • Discard any items that were made with water after 5 a.m. on Nov. 16

Pennsylvania American Water officials say they “experienced a loss in positive water pressure on Friday… due to the shut down of the Kittanning Treatment Plant in response to elevated pH levels.”

Water tankers have been placed at the following locations and customers are asked to supply their own containers:

Kittanning Hose Company 6
1360 Orr Avenue

Armstrong County Health Center
265 South Mckean Street

Applewold Volunteer Fire Department
300 Ridge Avenue

According to Pennsylvania American Water, the treatment plant experienced an equipment malfunction, resulting in elevated pH levels in the drinking water.

Crews have now fixed the problem and are producing water within EPA and DEP limits.

Officials said bacteria testing generally takes 18 to 24 hours.

They are continuing to test and analyze water samples.

Officials also said they are hoping to lift the boil advisory in a few days.

For more information, visit Pennsylvania American Water’s website:
See the Alert Notification here

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