East Dunkard Water Authority clients dealing with 2nd current boiling water advisory – CBS Pittsburgh

DUNKARD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – People in part of Greene County are demanding clean water. They say it’s been an ongoing issue for years, and now they’re boiling their water again.

East Dunkard Water Authority serves customers in the communities of Dunkard, Monongahela and Greene Townships, serving around 1,600 people. They have been boiling their water for almost three weeks and say they have had enough.

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“It’s been like this for over a year now,” said Cheri Huffman.

Huffman is the assistant manager of Jimmie’s Place in Dunkard Township. She says she’s tired of boiling water.

“We keep getting notifications about the cooking advisory and they go away for a while, then they call us again and let us know that another one is in effect,” Huffman said.

The Department of Environmental Protection issued the latest recommendation on boiling water on March 11, stating that the water treatment plant suffered a treatment failure and the water showed increased turbidity and was not flushed properly.

This is the second boiling water consultancy that clients have engaged with recently. The last was issued on January 25 and revoked on February 11, 2022.

While Huffman says the ice machine has its own filtration system, she does need to clean the filter every few days.

“In this filter system there will be mud and dirt and other things. We have to do that all the time because it just backs up the machine,” Huffman said.

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Donna Todd lives in nearby Bobtown. She says the water smells bad. She says she refuses to boil the water because she doesn’t trust him, so she buys her own.

“A lot of people in the area get brown water. We don’t, only when the fire department uses it, but many of them live at the top of the hill and have experienced brown water for many years, Todd said.

Pam Snyder, Pennsylvania state representative, says she’s been fighting to get the problem resolved for a very long time.

“It’s something we’ve all been trying to resolve, but the board that came in before really didn’t want to move forward with a project that would allow for funding,” Snyder said.

The funding would allow a neighboring water company to take on the 1,600 people earning the East Dunkard Water Authority.

“This is a public health crisis,” Snyder said. “These people deserve clean drinking water.”

According to Snyder, the East Dunkard Water Authority has $3.7 million in debt, so funding is important to prevent a new water company from absorbing those costs.

East Dunkard Water Authority’s solicitor says he is working with the DEP to implement their recommendations. She says the EDWA has been scrambling to apply for grants so repairs can be made. The attorney says EDWA hopes to sell the water board to the neighboring Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Board in the future.

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Snyder says she will be meeting with members of the EDWA next week. East Dunkard Water Authority clients dealing with 2nd current boiling water advisory – CBS Pittsburgh


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