Pennsylvania American Water issued a mandatory water conservation order for approximately 42,000 customer connections in its Mechanicsburg water system, including parts of Silver Spring Township, Hampden Township, Lower Allen Township, Lemoyne, Wormleysburg, East Pennsboro Township, New Cumberland, Fairview Township, Shiremanstown, Camp Hill, and Newberry Township. Customers are asked to temporarily limit their water use to essential purposes only, with a targeted use reduction between 10-15% until further notice.
The mandatory conservation order was issued following recent rains that significantly raised water levels in the Conodoguinet Creek, potentially releasing trapped oil from an upstream spill that occurred earlier this fall. As a result, Pennsylvania American Water has stopped production at it’s Silver Spring Water Treatment Plant.
No oil has been detected in the plant and water in the system remains safe to drink and use. The company is closely monitoring the situation and hopes to lift the conservation order as quickly as possible. Additionally, Pennsylvania American Water has increased production at its West Shore Water Treatment Plant, which also serves the Mechanicsburg water system, and opened an emergency interconnection with a neighboring water system.
Pennsylvania American Water is notifying affected customers through its automated emergency notification system. The company will provide updates, as needed, and will notify customers when the conservation order is lifted. For more information, visit pennsylvaniaamwater.com and area click on ‘Alerts’.