UPDATE: Mandatory water conservation order lifted for Mechanicsburg area


MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — As of Wednesday at 8 a.m., Pennsylvania American Water has lifted the mandatory water conservation order for over 41,000 customers in the Mechanicsburg water system.

According to a press release, residents may now resume normal water usage, though the company encourages customers to use water wisely.

On Tuesday, the water company said the intake system stopped sucking water properly from Conodoguinet Creek into the Silver Spring Water Treatment Plant which resulted in low water pressure and a potential risk for firefighters had they needed water.

In a statement Tuesday, a spokesperson said, “Everything still looks good in the system, but we do have one tank that is not yet completely full and our operators would like to have the overnight time period to completely fill it before lifting. So we anticipate lifting the conservation order at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.”

The following areas are no longer affected:

  • Silver Spring Township
  • Hampden Township
  • Lower Allen Township
  • Lemoyne Borough
  • Wormleysburg Borough
  • East Pennsboro Township
  • New Cumberland Borough
  • Fairview Township
  • Shiremanstown Borough
  • Camp Hill Borough
  • Newberry Township

One customer, Peggy Kinney McHugh, has been doing her best to follow through on the order. “I just got back from vacation, and the tomatoes in my backyard are really thirsty. I’m not gonna water them,” McHugh said. “The grass is gonna be straw for awhile, but we could be California and have no water at all.”

Pennsylvania American Water is notifying affected customers that the conservation order has been lifted through its automated emergency notification system.

For more information, click here or contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.

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