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Boil advisory lifted


Middletown residents can drink tap water again. 

Suez officials announced at 11:47 a.m. Friday that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has given its approval to lift the boil water advisory. 

“Tests show that the water has always had adequate treatment to it and is safe to drink right now without any measures such as flushing,” Suez spokeswoman Madeline Power said. 

The advisory was called Wednesday evening, and residents were told to use bottled or boiled water. At the time, Suez officials reported that the notification was made because operational plant conditions or deficiencies were identified at a Middletown well. 

In an interview on Thursday, Power said that the chlorine feed in the well — Well #2 — had malfunctioned and untreated water was being pumped through. She said they were unsure how long the chlorine feed was off. 

“We apologize for the inconvenience Borough residents experienced the past two days and thank you for your patience. You can drink and use water as you normally would,” Suez officials said in the release. 

As for Royalton residents, on its Facebook, the borough said Royalton residents will be notified by the borough when the advisory is lifted. 

"Royalton Borough was required to complete our own testing and review by DEP before Royalton's advisory can be lifted. We will update our Facebook page and send out SwiftReach calls when it is lifted for the Borough of Royalton," borough officials wrote on Facebook.