SHARPSVILLE — Authorities could lift a boil-water notice affecting residents in Sharpsville and South Pymatuning Township by Thursday.
The notice affects 1,000 customers and Sharpsville and 160 in South Pymatuning Township, said Tom Decker, a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.
“They acted very quickly,” Decker said of Sharpsville borough’s response.
The borough operates the water utility using bulk water purchased from Aqua Pennsylvania.
DEP is requiring Sharpsville to test its water for contaminants for two consecutive days. If the tests reveal no problems, the boil notice will be lifted, Decker said.
“It doesn’t mean the water is bad,” he said. “It’s just a precaution.”
The boil notice was issued Monday evening after borough officials were notified of a leak about 20 to 30 feet from the Quarry Way water tower around 7 p.m. that day.
Though repairs were made shortly after the leak was discovered and there were no reports of flooding, Sharpsville Manager Ken Robertson said the leak affected residents north of Quarry Way from the Sharon line at Ridge Avenue Covert Avenue and Walnut Street, north to the Shenango River, and some South Pymatuning residents.
“We have a good, safe, reliable source for our water,” Robertson said. “We want to err on the side of caution rather than see a problem.”
Aqua Pennsylvania will handle the water tests, with the first phase completed Tuesday around 1 p.m. Once received, the test results will take 24 hours to process, Robertson said. A second round of testing will take place Wednesday along the same schedule.
“We hope to have the notice lifted by DEP by Thursday afternoon,” Robertson said.
The notice did not impact Sharpsville Area School District because no school buildings are in the affected area, Sharpsville Superintendent John Vannoy said.
Herald Business Editor Michael Roknick contributed to this story.
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