Boil-water advisory lifted
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
MONT ALTO, Pa. - The boil-water advisory for the 650 customers served by the Mont Alto public water system was lifted Wednesday when tests showed there was no danger from bacteria in the water, borough officials said.
The advisory was put into effect Monday following a weekend incident in which muddy water entered the system's only well.
Officials said they weren't sure, but believed the condition was caused by low ground water levels resulting from the current drought.
Ed Nunemaker, water department supervisor, said the theory is that the level in the well dropped so low that the pump had to draw water from another ground water cavity. Silt in the new cavity entered the well and ended up in the system.
Nunemaker said Wednesday that further investigation supports the theory.
Reducing the pumping rate in the well from 110 gallons per minute to 64 gallons ended the muddy water problem, Nunemaker said. The well was still pumping at 64 gallons per minute Wednesday, he said.