Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect for Some U. Saucon Residents

A 12-inch water main break on Old Bethlehem Pike in Upper Saucon Township has affected the water supply for hundreds of residents of both Upper and Lower Saucon townships. The main has been repaired, but a boil water advisory remains in effect.

A boil water advisory issued by the City of Bethlehem remains in effect until further notice for some residents of Upper Saucon Township and western Lower Saucon Township, according to a message posted on the city's website.

The boil water advisory was issued Sunday after a 12-inch water main break on Old Bethlehem Pike in Upper Saucon Township led to a loss of water pressure, the city announced Monday.

"A loss of positive water pressure is a signal of the existence of conditions that could allow contamination to enter the distribution system through backflow by back pressure or back siphonage," the notice said. "As a result, there is an increased chance that the water may contain disease causing organisms.

"These organisms include bacteria, viruses and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches," it added.

The city is advising its customers affected by the water main break to bring all drinking water to a boil for at least one minute and let it cool before using it.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

For more information about the situation, Bethlehem water customers should contact the city's Water Control Department at 610-865-7077.

The city said it will issue an announcement when tests show no bacteria and the boil water advisory is lifted.

Additional information about the areas affected is also posted on the Lower Saucon Authority website.

Bethlehem water customers who wish to register for emergency notifications—which is encouraged—should complete and mail in a form that's available on the city's Department of Water and Sewer Resources webpage.
Peter January 28, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I've read both this article and the website referenced and have not learned how to determine if I'm an affected resident...anyone have any help to offer?
Jeff Browne January 28, 2014 at 09:33 AM
The link at the bottom has this MAP in it. http://www.lowersauconauthority.org/BWA%20MAP%20012514.pdf
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 28, 2014 at 09:48 AM
If you call the number listed in the story I'm sure they can tell you, based on your address, if you're affected. The map is only for Lower Saucon Township, and I'm not sure how many Upper Saucon residents have been affected. I would also encourage everyone who's a Bethlehem water customer to register for their alert system. I will include a link to the form that needs to be filled out (which is posted online) in the story... (The form needs to be mailed in.)
Peter January 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Well, I'm assuming that since my water bill comes from Upper Saucon then I'm not a Bethlehem customer.
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