A large water main break led to a boil water advisory and water conservation notice for two Bucks County communities Sunday. As of 8 p.m. water service was fully restored to Sellersville and West Rockhill, but the advisory remained in effect because water samples test results take 24 hours.
The break occurred on a large pipe at the stream crossing behind the firehouse in the Sellersville Borough Sunday morning. The damaged pipe led to low levels in the town’s water storage tank, causing a significant loss of water pressure in the Sellersville distribution system.
Officials say a loss of positive water pressure could cause contamination to enter the distribution system. There is a chance the water may contain disease-causing organisms because of this.
North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) customers in Sellersville and West Rockhill are advised to conserve water by only using it for essential purposes. Sellersville customers are also advised to boil their water first or to use bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation.
For more safe drinking tips, call the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
Information on when the advisory and notice will be lifted can be found on the NPWA website. You can also contact them at 215-855-3617.