Boil advisory for nearly
50,000 customers remains
A large water main break affected nearly 50,000 customers in Lackawanna County on Saturday, closing businesses and sending residents to tanker trucks with buckets and bottles.
Pennsylvania American Water crews completed repairs to the break on Mill Street in Dunmore on Saturday night. Service should be fully restored this morning.
A boil advisory remains in effect until further notice for customers in the following areas: Scranton, Dunmore, the Midvalley, Clarks Green, Clarks Summit and parts of Glenburn, Scott and South Abington Twps. A map is available at amwater.com/paaw/alerts under the “latest alerts” section.
Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice, according to the water company. Low water pressure increases the chance that the water might contain disease-causing organisms.
Water tankers are available at the following locations:
■ Dunmore: Monahan Avenue (near Big Lots), West Pine Street, Dunmore High School and Mill Street.
■ Scranton: Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital, Lackawanna College and the fire station on East Mountain.
■ Dickson City: Enterprise Drive.
■ Throop: Dunmore Street.
■ Olyphant: Eureka Hose Company, East Grant Street.
■ Jessup: 911 Center
The utility asks customers to bring their own containers. The tankers will remain at the locations until the boil advisory is lifted.
Crews spent most of Saturday fixing a fitting that broke off a bypass from a 42-inch water main, which feeds water from the Lake Scranton Water Treatment Plant. Along with low water pressure or dry taps, many in the region complained about brown water. If you have cloudy or discolored water, run the tap for a few minutes until the water clears before using, the utility said.
On Saturday morning, Lackawanna County’s 911 center received phone calls about the water outage, county spokesman Joseph D’Arienzo said. Fire chiefs from around the county were also ready to implement the “tanker task force,” with fire departments helping those that may no water or poor pressure at hydrants.
The break also affected Moses Taylor and Regional hospitals in Scranton, said Renita Fennick, spokeswoman for Commonwealth Health System. Patient care continued without disruption, she said. The water company placed tankers outside the hospital for medical center use, utility spokeswoman Susan Turcmanovich said.
In Dunmore, many restaurants closed Saturday. People carried cases and jugs filled with water to their cars parked outside Riccardo’s Market. In the Dunmore High School parking lot, residents filled bottles and buckets from a water company tanker.
John Luciano filled a 5-gallon jug — hopefully enough to last through the night for his family of four, including an infant.
“We’ll ration it,” he said. “We’ll get through it, as long as it doesn’t last too long.”
For further information about your water service, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 800-565-7292.
PETER CAMERON, staff writer, contributed to this report.
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