POTTSTOWN — The borough issued a little-publicized boil water advisory Monday and Borough Manager Justin Keller said he expects it to be lifted Thursday.
He indicated the borough will go door-to-door to notify residents when the order is lifted, but it is not clear how large an area is affected.
According to a notice shared with The Mercury, the warning was issued on Monday after an electrical problem caused pumps at the Willow Street pumping station to shut down.
“You may have experienced a loss of pressure. Temporary repairs have been made to the station and pressure has been restored. Permanent repairs will be made to the system as soon as possible,” the notice explained Monday.
“The repair work could cause the loss of disinfection and pressure in this area of our distribution system,” although the notice did not define what “this area” refers to.
There was no notice on the borough website, or text alert issued.
Keller did not respond to questions about how many people are affected or the area affected before press time.
“A drop/loss in water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system. As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease-causing organisms,” the notice warned.
“If you know you did not experience a disruption of water service, No action needs to be taken,” the notice said.
“If you experienced a disruption of water service, or are not sure if your water service was disrupted, as a precaution, do not drink the water without boiling it,” according to the notice.
“Let it boll 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.”
“Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water,” the notice read.