Water restored to Allegheny Township neighborhood after series of main breaks
Water service was restored to the Hawk Valley neighborhood of Allegheny Township Sunday afternoon after the area was without water for more than a day.
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County said on Sunday that its crews had been working on fixing breaks in Allegheny Township since they were reported at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“The original fix was made, but the waterline broke in a different spot when service was being restored,” the authority said on its Facebook page.
Authority spokesman Matt Junker could not say how many customers were affected; the subsequent breaks enlarged the affected area. Repairs were finished and service was restored around 2 p.m. Sunday
Bottled water was available for affected residents at Anna’s restaurant in Vandergrift and at Talon Court in Allegheny Township. A water buffalo was also available at Talon Court.
Demand for water was apparently great, as the authority said the water buffalo was being refilled and more bottled water was on the way to the Talon Court location.
Allegheny Township officials said on the township’s Facebook page that they were first made aware by a resident around 10 p.m. Saturday that the Hawk Valley neighborhood had been without water for many hours.
“The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County neglected protocol and never made notification to emergency management that there was a water line break,” the township’s post said. “Rest assured that this matter is far from over and we will follow through to find out where their loss of communication occurred and why it occurred.”
Township officials could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
Junker said repairs were delayed because of the need to notify other utilities and have their underground lines marked, and because a repair area was next to a stream bed.
Junker said authority officials are willing to meet with township representatives to review how the authority responded.
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.