High school football continues despite water advisory

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. —

High school football at Penn-Trafford High School continues after the Department of Environmental Protection discovered an unwanted algae in the Westmoreland County water supply.

Parents of Penn-Trafford students traveled to Washington County Thursday night to buy water for the concession stand at Friday’s football game.

“At 9:30 last night, we knew that we weren’t going to have water. So I had contacted one of our band parents and had him go down to Washington County to get some water,” John DePaola said.

The workers bought 75 gallons of water for the night, and some believe they would not have been in business without the trip for the water.

“Otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten it, because I know Giant Eagle was wiped out,” said Kim Giardo.

Store shelves in Westmoreland County were wiped clean after nearly 120,000 people were told to boil their water through the weekend.

Many businesses and schools closed Friday due to the water boil alert, but parents were committed to keeping the concession stand open to raise money for the band.

“Last week we had our PIMBA show here, which is a band festival, and it poured. So we ended up losing a lot last weekend. So we really wanted to open and make up for it this weekend,” DePaola said.

Those at Penn-Trafford hope for a lift on the water advisory as they prepare for the playoffs on Tuesday.