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Laurel Run-Drinking Water Warning

E. COLI MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVEL VIOLATION BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING.

HIERVAN EL AGUA ANTES DE USARLA. ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE ACERCA DE SU AGUA POTABLE. HAGA QUE ALGUIEN LO TRADUZCA PARA USTED, O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA.

Laurel Run Estates water is contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

E. coli bacteria were found in the water supply on August 8, 2019. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.

What should I do?

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a 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, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice. People at increased risk should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

What happened? What is being done?

Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source. It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.

Our routine monthly sample was present for Total Coliform and E.coli. However, the additional three check samples collected and analyzed by the laboratory showed a presence of Total Coliform and NO E. coli . We are conducting an assessment on the water system to determine the source of the contamination and will implement corrective actions to ensure that our water supply is protected against contamination.

We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water.

We anticipate resolving the problem by as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact: Laurel Run Estates at 570.823.8499

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Laurel Run Estates .

PWS ID#: 2400034

Date distributed: 08/14/19

Laurel Run – Drinking Water Warning (Continuation)

BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING

HIERVAN EL AGUA ANTES DE USARLA. ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACION MUY IMPORTANTE SOBRE SU AGUA DE BEBER. TRADUZCALO O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA BIEN.

Laurel Run Estates  May Be At Increased Risk from Microbial Contamination.

We routinely monitor the conditions in the distribution system. On 02/11/19, an inspection was performed and holes were found in the storage tank as well as a missing cap which could allow contamination and as a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

What should I do? DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using; or use bottled water. You should use boil or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice.

Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.

These symptoms, however, are not caused only by organisms in drinking water, but also by other factors. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you many want to seek medical advice.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426.4791.

What happened? What is being done?

Tank cleaning work has been completed, changing out the injection point in the wellhouse has been completed and we are awaiting the replacing of chlorinators to NSF approved ones.                                                               

We will inform you when all corrective actions have been completed and when you no longer need to boil your water.

Please share this information with all the other people with drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses). You  can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

For more information, please contact: our office at (570) 823.8499 or our operators at (570) 689.5660.                                                        

This notice is being sent to you by Laurel Run Estates.

PWSID #: 2400034

Date distributed:     09/17/19 

**BOIL ADVISORY TIMELINE**

 

The following is the procedure followed when issuing a Boil Advisory:

 

 

  1. Public Notice (either by an automated phone call or a   hand-delivered notice) is issued to community letting them know to boil their water.

  2. Once an acceptable chlorine residual is met, special follow-up* total coliform bacteriological samples must be scheduled. 

  3. Samples are collected and analyzed by a certified laboratory.

     *Follow-up sampling is a minimum of two consecutive days  –  Each sample takes a total of 48 hours to complete. 

  4. After two consecutive days of negative sample are obtained, the Boil Advisory can be lifted.

  5. At that time, a Problem Corrected Notice is issued (either by an automated phone call or a hand-delivered notice) to the community.

  6. The estimated length of time a Boil Advisory remains in effect is a “minimum” of one week.     

**ALL THE ABOVE ITEMS ARE REQUIRED BY THE PA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL FOR PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS**