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Pennsylvania American Water finally lifted the boil water advisory this morning after and is giving advice on how to make sure their water is safe. PAWC customers in Yardley, Lower Makefield, and Falls Township received the notice after almost a week of turbidity, or cloudiness.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection gave the all clear after samples collected Sunday and Monday proved acceptable. The turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water was first detected Thursday evening.
The CDC recommends people flush out their pipes and take other measures to ensure the cloudy water is completely removed. Homeowners should run their faucets at maximum pressure for at least five minutes and change any water filters from refrigerators and home water systems.
The following recommendations come verbatim directly from the PAWC release issued Tuesday morning.
- Flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard; Clean and sanitize ice bin
- Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines specified in the owner’s manual
- Run water coolers with direct water connections for five minutes at the highest flow rate possible
- Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 113°F.
Business owners should also make sure to flush out their systems, including automatic ice makers and water fountains.
The boil water advisory caused some business in the area to close and the Pennsbury School District closed Friday as well. Water tankers were available for customers throughout the advisory.
Anyone with questions can call the PAWC customer service line 800-565-7292.