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The original item was published from 8/22/2020 10:36:00 AM to 8/26/2020 12:00:03 AM.
Posted on: August 20, 2020
[ARCHIVED] MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION - Friday, August 21, 2020 Update
Due to the ruptured 16" pumping main at the Hampton Shaler Water Authority water plant that occurred in the early morning hours on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the HSWA system remains in a mandatory water conservation situation. All non-essential use must be curtailed including filling pools, watering lawns and car washing. The repairs are moving slowly due to the proximity of the main break, which is on a very steep cliffside. The mandatory water conservation will stay in place at least through Monday, at which time the break is expected to be repaired. Customers of HSWA include Hampton Township, Shaler Township, Sharpsburg Borough, Etna Borough, parts of West Deer Township, Indiana Township and O’Hara Township. Customers will be notified by telephone when normal water usage may resume.
For your information, discolored water and trapped air are common occurrences after a water main break or other water system maintenance work. Discolored water is caused by sediment and mineral deposits, iron and manganese, in the pipes that can be stirred up when the water is turned off and then back on. In addition, the discolored water has no health impact and it is safe to drink. Understandably, you may prefer to wait until it clears before using it.