The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County on Saturday issued a precautionary boil water advisory for McKeesport and Versailles, along with a mandatory conserve order for Port Vue and White Oak.
According to officials, a mechanical issue developed with the intake pump in the Youghiogheny River at the McKeesport plant, and it’s anticipated that a loss of positive pressure will be experienced in McKeesport and Versailles.
A loss of 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, officials said, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
The intake pump is being rebuilt and it’s anticipated that repairs will take eight hours.
Residents in those affected communities area advised to bring water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.