Boil advisory for several Westmoreland County communities after water main break lifted

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. — Just under 4,000 people in several Westmoreland County communities were under a precautionary boil advisory because of an increased risk for microbial contamination.

A spokesperson for the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC) said Monday there was a loss of positive pressure because of a break in a water main on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning in Allegheny Township. This could allow contamination to enter distribution systems and increase the chance for water to contain disease-causing organisms.

As a result, portions of Allegheny Township, and all MAWC customers in Leechburg, W. Leechburg and Hyde Park were under the boil advisory. Gilpin Township, which purchases water from MAWC, was also under the advisory.

The advisory was lifted

While under the advisory, people should bring all water to a rolling boil for at least one minute, then let it cool before using. Or, use bottled water. This should be done for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.

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