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Tap water boil advisory for part of Williamsport remains in effect

A tap water boil advisory remains in effect for a portion of the city west of downtown through at least Wednesday, Williamsport Municipal Water Authority officials said.

Crews began to restore a break of water shooting upward like a fountain at West Fourth and Grier streets on Sunday, said Michael Miller, authority executive director.

Until test results confirm no contaminants in the water it may take until Wednesday for the lifting of the boil advisory, said Wendy Walter, authority director of compliance and safety. The affected area impacts 112 households in a specific area of the city, she said.

The areas affected are on West Fourth Street between Rose Street and Fifth Avenue; Grier Street between West Third Street and West Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue between West Fourth Street and Memorial Avenue.

The break was at a lateral to a fire hydrant at Grier and West Fourth streets, Miller said. The lateral is connected to the main and caused the main to need to be replaced, he said.

The crews replaced a stick of pipe in the main and isolated the fire hydrant.

“Crews are resolving it as quickly as they can,” Miller said.

Those who do not boil their water may be at increased risk from microbial contamination.

As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms.

Do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

Organisms in the water may include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches.

Guardians of infants and young children and people at increased risk, such as pregnant women, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems, should seek advice from their health care advisers about drinking this water.

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