Boil-water notice issued after water main break in Johnstown
A 24-hour boil-water notice has been put in place for the city of Johnstown until about 4 p.m. on Friday, pending results of testing.
“It’s just a precautionary measure,” said Michael Kerr, general manager for Resource Development and Management Inc., which oversees the Greater Johnstown Water Authority.
“I have no reason to think we’re not going to get good results,” he said.
Residents in the city of Johnstown were experiencing a decrease in water pressure – some were without water – as crews worked to repair a water main break along Roosevelt Boulevard in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
Kerr said the water main broke around 1 p.m. Thursday.
“However, as soon as we get it shut down, we’ll go back into normal service.” Kerr originally said that the water main would be repaired no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, but crews continued to work on the break into the evening.
As the issues with the water service continued throughout the day, several organizations were forced to make changes, limit their services and even close for the day.
“We have bottled water for anybody who needs it,” she said.
An “out of order” sign was placed on the shop’s fountain drink dispenser and coffee machines Thursday evening.
Although the Em’s employee said she didn’t believe the store would close it doors due to the boil-water notice, she did acknowledge the negative impact it made on the business.