Lehighton water main break has hundreds under boil advisory
A water main break in Lehighton was repaired quickly by employees of the borough's water department, yesterday, but hundreds of residents remain under a boil advisory.
The break happened in the vicinity of a tank near the Lehighton Orioles.
Nicole Nothstein, administrative secretary, said the break was in a transmission main.
Although quick repair was made, because the interior of the line was exposed all residents in the service area are asked to boil their drinking and cooking water over the next few days.
Nothstein said the next check for contaminants in the water will occur Monday, and if none are found the boil advisory will likely be lifted by Wednesday.
She urged, though, that the advisory continue until further notice.
The following streets are in the boil advisory:
• 400 block of North Fourth Street.
• All of North Fifth Street.
• North Sixth Street from Cypress Street north to the dead end.
• North Seventh Street from Mahoning Alley to Jamestown Road.
• North Eighth Street from Cypress Street to Jamestown Road.
• North Ninth Street from Cypress Street to Jamestown Road.
• All of North Tenth Street.
• Beaver Run Road from Mahoning Street to Jamestown Road.
• North Eleventh Street from Hamilton Street to Coal Street.
• North Twelfth Street from Hamilton Street to Cypress Street.
• Cypress Street from Sixth Street to Ninth Street.
• Coal Street from Fourth Street to 11th Street.
• All of Jamestown Road.
Nothstein said residents were advised of the water line break and the boil advisory via automated phone messages. However, there are some residents who haven't provided their telephone numbers to the Water Authority, meaning those families wouldn't have been notified.
"Please be advised that it is very important that customers provide their phone numbers to the Water Authority/Borough so they may receive the automated messages informing them of such events," said Nothstein. "Customers also need to inform us of any change of phone numbers."
Under the drinking water warning, Nothstein said water customers in the above listed locations may be at increased risk from microbial contamination.
She said, "We routinely monitor the conditions in the distribution system."
"On Jan. 18, we experienced a loss of positive water pressure due to a water main break," she said. "A loss of positive water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through back-flow by back-pressure or back-siphonage. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms."
She stressed, "Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using it. Or, use bottled water.
"You should use boiled or bottled water for drinking making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice."