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Pump change at treatment plant causes brown water in some parts of suburban Johnstown

By: Melanie Gillespie

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. -- Lots of homes in suburban Johnstown were seeing brown, murky water Wednesday night. The Greater Johnstown Water Authority said its due to higher levels of iron and manganese.

An authority official said the problem lies in a storage tank in Westmont. Murky, brown water was spewing from faucets and it was because of a problem with a pump at the water treatment plant.

Faith Wagner, Melanie Seback and Lindsey Burns said the water was brownish, murky and rust-colored.

The three were stocking up on bottled water after discovering the problem at their homes.

The water authority said its mostly dirt with iron and manganese deposits mixed in when a pump at the plant was changed, but the water is not contaminated.

Though the area is larger than normal, the authority said it wont affect everyone and its safe to use, at your own discretion, when it comes to washing your hands and using toilets.

The authority plans to flush fire hydrants on Thursday morning to ensure the problem is resolved.

 
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Edgar Snyder

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