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Unknown substance poured into water supply at Westmoreland Co. mobile home park

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HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Water at a mobile home park in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, is considered unsafe for use after an unknown substance was poured into a water tower, Pennsylvania State Police said Sunday.

Police said people entered the water facility near the Pineview Manor community and dumped all water treatment chemicals, as well as the unknown substance, into the water tower.

Various emergency agencies have been contacted to assist in the investigation and provide residents with usable water, police said.


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“The fact that you would tamper with somebody's water supply just shows to the level of heinous type of crime this is,” state trooper Steve Limani said.

Police sent samples of the water to the Department of Environmental Protection.

There is a surveillance camera outside of the treatment facility that was not working.

“We are trying to find out if there's any possible leads, anybody that may have been disgruntled, aggravated, not happy with the person that owns the court and just trying to find out what type of motive. Because obviously somebody that is going to commit a crime like this is targeting a specific group of people for a reason,” Limani said.