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Boil advisory remains for Middletown, Royalton

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The boil water advisory is still ongoing, Suez officials said Thursday afternoon, July 19.

Residents in Middletown and Royalton boroughs were advised on Wednesday evening to boil their water or use bottled water after Suez officials reported that operational plant conditions or deficiencies were identified at a Middletown well.

According to Suez, the deficiencies include “loss of disinfection of water entering the distribution system.”

Suez officials said that this morning they obtained required water check samples for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“Samples are at laboratory and we are waiting on results,” officials said in a news release.

The officials noted that these types of water analyses usually take 24 hours to complete, and additional testing may be required. Suez reported that the well — Well #2 — is out of service and will be disconnected until repairs are complete.

Suez said that the community will be notified when the water is safe to drink without boiling through SWIFT Reach or media outlets. Residents, officials said, may be given instructions, such as to flush their pipes, before using tap water. In regards to flushing guidelines, Suez said that all cold water faucets should run for one minute, three batches of ice in automatic icemakers should be made and discarded, water softeners should run through a regeneration cycle, water fountains should run for one minute and water coolers should be run with direct water connections for five minutes.

However, until the notice is lifted, Suez advised effected residents to use bottled water or boiled water that has been boiled for one minute. Boiled or bottled water should be used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparing drinks and water for pets.

“If you drank the water before hearing of the advisory, your risk of becoming ill is low,” officials said in a release.

Suez notes that if residents are experiencing diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, with or without a fever, they should seek medical attention and advise their health care professional that they drank tap water during the advisory.

“These symptoms are not unique to potential contaminants/organisms in the water, and a doctor’s involvement is key to identifying the cause of your illness,” the officials said.

A list of questions and answers regarding a boil water advisory can be found by clicking here.

Suez said that at this time, they are not supplying alternate sources of water, though if it continues for an extended period of time, residents will be notified of alternate sources of drinking water.

Suze noted residents who are interested in receiving future drinking water notifications from Suez Middletown can do so by registering on the company's web site here.

The water advisory situation is an ongoing story and updates will be announced on Press & Journal's website and also the P&J's Facebook page

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