Boil water advisory in effect in Duncannon, Perry County

By James Garland, originally posted on November 7, 2016


DUNCANNON, PERRY COUNTY, Pa.– A boil water advisory is in effect for customers of the Duncannon Borough Water System in Perry County.  Borough officials called for the advisory after disinfection system equipment failed at one of the borough’s wells. The failure resulted in a low-level of chlorine which is used to kill disease-causing pathogens, like bacteria, viruses and protozoans in water.

Officials advise all customers to boil their water for a full minute and then let it cool before consumption, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Inadequately treated or inadequately protected water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, cramps and associated headaches. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, seek medical attention.

The borough has taken the impacted well offline and is working to repair the disinfection system equipment to achieve the required level of treatment.

Officials say will notify the pubic when the boil advisory has been lifted.

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