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Issues with pump cause loss of pressure; more water tankers available
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has now added White Oak to a precautionary boil water advisory that McKeesport and Versailles were placed on last night.
Port Vue was added earlier today. Issues with a repair to the raw water pump caused White Oak to be added as well, said Matt Junker, spokesman for the water authority.
Water tankers are available in White Oak at the municipal building, 2280 Lincoln Way, and PNC Bank, 1612 Lincoln Way, Junker said.
Water tankers also are available at 238 Atlantic Ave. in lower 10th Ward; Walnut and 12th streets, Third Ward; Walnut and Juniper streets, Versailles; and at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.
Additional water tankers are stationed in Port Vue at American Legion Post 447, 304 Gumbert St.; and the shopping center at 1515 Washington Blvd.
More than 16,000 customers are affected.
A mechanical issue developed with the intake pump at the McKeesport plant Saturday night, Junker said. The authority anticipates that a loss of positive pressure was experienced in McKeesport, Versailles and Port Vue, which leaves the potential for contaminated water to enter the system, he said.
Water tower levels in White Oak are dropping, and it’s anticipated that community will lose pressure shortly, Junker said, which required that they be added to the precautionary boil water advisory.
The intake pump is rebuilt but there have been issues reinstalling it, Junker said. Once the issue is corrected and tank levels are restored, the authority will have to test the water in the communities. Two consecutive clear tests will be required before the advisory can be lifted, he said.
Originally published October 13, 2019.