Lockport Township – Another boil-water notice is in effect

Two days after a boil-water notice was lifted, Lockport Township residents are being advised to, once again, adhere to a boil-water precaution.
The notice was issued Sunday afternoon by Jennifer Ransbottom, director of utility management services for Jones Petrie Rafinski.
She said the circumstances related to the latest issue are nearly identical to the boil-water notice in effect Aug. 7 until Friday last week.
Ransbottom said the township water system on Sunday lost pressure due to an equipment malfunction. Consequently, neither of two wells used to fill the tower activated, exhausting the tower’s water supply.
As soon as the equipment malfunction was discovered, both pumps were running to begin filling the tower and water started returning to customers on the system.
During the low-pressure period, however, there is a chance that fecal coliforms and e. coli bacteria could have gotten into the system, according to the notice. Therefore, in compliance with state requirements, the boil-water notice is in effect as a precautionary measure.
The order recommends potentially affected customers bring water to a boil and allow it to boil for at least one minute, then let it cool before using. Bottled water is also a recommended alternative.

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