The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DEP) has authorized United Water to lift the boil water advisory (as of 9:00 p.m. Friday) for affected customers in the company's Mechanicsburg System, which excluded Center Square and Grantham. All water quality test results were favorable and indicated that no presence of Total Coliform or E. coli bacteria in the water distributed to customers. A rapid dialer call is in progress to all affected customers for whom United Water has a valid phone number.
United Water Pennsylvania has issued a boil water advisory for customers on the company's Mechanicsburg system.
The advisory impacts United Water customers in Mechanicsburg as well as Hampden, Silver Spring, Lower Allen, Upper Allen, Monroe and Monaghan townships. Center Square and Grantham are not affected.
United Water said that because it experienced a water treatment problem overnight, customers should not drink their tap water without boiling it first for one minute and letting it cool.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice.
United Water spokesman Bob Manbeck said the boil water advisory would remain in place for at least 48 hours.
Because of the advisory, businesses in Mechanicsburg had to get creative. Jo-Jos Pizza and Pasta on West Main Street stayed open, but had to buy bottled water so they could make their pizza dough.
Bsciottis Bakery was still open, but business was slow.
"I am going to make the best of it," owner Natalie Sciotti said. "I can't make coffee, I can't make a lot of the breads. I can't make a lot of my products."
Bsciotti's Bakery has only been open for about one month. Knowing that the boil water advisory would be in affect until Friday morning was frustrating for Sciotti.
"That is really going to hurt," she said. "I am going to have to throw most of this away, and I cannot reproduce it, so I don't know if I am going to be able to be open tomorrow."
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