Businesses attempt to stay open during Westmoreland Co. water boil advisory

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DELMONT, Pa. - The water boil advisory affecting the Westmoreland County area is making it difficult for business owners to stay open.

The owner of the Lamplighter in Delmont said he first received word of the advisory Thursday night.

“I have to boil all the water that we use for cooking, washing hands, whatever. I had to dump our ice machines and buy ice,” said owner Daniel Ferri.

Ferri said he’s been using a 40-gallon container to boil as much water as possible. However, after learning about another challenge he may be forced to close down on his busiest days.

“I have been called by the DER and they said I wasn’t allowed to wash dishes unless I boiled the water first and that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Ferri said.

Ferri said he’s worried about his employees and his customers.

“I have a lot of people and this is their income. Me sending them out to pasture for three to five days or whatever…,it hurts me,” Ferri said.