Pennsbury School District to reopen amid boil water advisory

All schools in the Pennsbury Township School District will be open Monday, Dec. 3, amid a boil water advisory.

Pennsylvania American Water is supplying the Pennsbury Township School District with pallets of water in order for students and staff members to return to their schools.

Officials issued the boil water advisory for Yardley-area residents due to high turbidity levels on Friday. PAW says water samples had turbidity levels of 1.7 ntu, which is above the regulatory standard. The chance for disease-containing organisms is higher with high levels of turbidity.

The boil water advisory remains in place for all PAW customers in Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough and portions of Falls Township.

Officials are urging residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. 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 in the water.

Turbidity has no health effects; however, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can cause symptoms such nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.

People with severely compromised immune systems, infants and some elderly may be at increased risk. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

The symptoms above are not caused only by organisms in drinking water. If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you may want to seek medical advice.

For more information, please visit PAW or contact its customer service center at 800-565-7292.