YARDLEY, Pa. (WTXF) - A boil water advisory has been lifted for some Pennsylvania residents near Philadelphia.
The advisory was originally issued Friday afternoon for areas around Yardley because of turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water. The advisory was lifted Tuesday.
Pennsylvania American Water says test results have shown no sign of bacteria in the water samples collected Sunday and Monday. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has authorized lifting the advisory.
The problem prompted the Pennsbury School District to close on Friday, but the district reopened Monday after American Water provided bottled water.
Samples taken on Nov. 29 had turbidity levels above the regulatory standard.
The warning applied to all Pennsylvania American Water customers in Yardley Borough, Lower Makefield Township and parts of Falls Township.
in area about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia.
Turbidity can cause health problems if bacteria, viruses and parasites attach to particles in the water, risking nausea, diarrhea and headaches.
Prior to using the water, customers are advised to flush their household pipes by following these guidelines:
- Run all cold water faucets in your home for at least five minutes at one time with the highest water flow possible to prevent splashing or flooding of the drains
- Flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard; Clean and sanitize ice bin
- Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle.
- Change refrigerator filter cartridge
- Run water coolers with direct water connections for five minutes at the highest flow rate possible
- Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 113°F.
- For home water filter systems, change filter cartridges. Some units need disinfecting. Follow the directions in the unit’s owner’s manual.
- Commercial customers should flush adequately to turn over the water in their plumbing systems, including flushing their automatic ice makers and drinking water fountains.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.