A boil water advisory will continue to be in effect in the Yardley area at least through Monday as officials work to test water samples.
The advisory affects Pennsylvania American Water customers in Lower Makefield, Yardley Borough and portions of Falls Township. Officials with PAW are awaiting permission from the Department of Environmental Protection to begin testing water samples.
The advisory has been in effect since Thursday, when officials said water in the Yardley area contained high turbidity levels of 1.7 ntu, above the regulatory standard. The high levels indicate an increased chance that the water might contain disease-causing organisms.
Pennsylvania American Water supplies water to eight of the 15 schools in the Pennsbury district, which caused the district to close Friday.
However, all schools reopened Monday, with PAW providing 1,500 bottles of water to each of the eight schools that use its services.
Crews have been making repairs to the mechanical control mechanisms at the treatment plant that caused the high turbidity, PAW spokesman Terry Maenza said.
"We understand this is a significant inconvenience for people. We're working around the clock to resolve this issue," Maenza said.
Ultimately, the environmental department will decide when to give the water company the all-clear to begin testing water samples. Once testing begins, the DEP requires two consecutive days of sampling results with no signs of bacteria in order to lift the advisory. That means the earliest the order can be lifted is Tuesday.
In the meantime, all affected customers are advised not to drink their water without boiling it first. They should bring the water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using it, or use bottled water.
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food until further notice.
Pennsylvania American Water will notify their customers when the issue is solved. They will also provide alternate water sources.
Tankers are currently providing water to people between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the following locations:
- Yardley Makefield Fire Companies 105 South Main Street Yardley and 652 Stony Hill Road, Lower Makefield Township
- Big Oak Shopping Center 1641 Big Oak Road
- Village Market 599 Washington Crossing Road, Lower Makefield Township
- Gas Light Village 85 Makefield Road, Falls Township