Aqua Pa.: Shamokin water is safe after line break
SHAMOKIN - Representatives from AQUA Pa. said Saturday afternoon water in the city is safe to drink, despite a water main break Friday evening that possibly caused an oily substance to leach out of the ground.
A fuel-like odor filled the air when a 12-inch line broke on North Vine Street, between the back of the city warehouse and the UGI Shamokin Operations Center. The torrent of water caused a yet unknown substance to flow into Shamokin Creek via Carbon Run that flows underneath East Water Street. The break occurred around 8:45 p.m., according to Shamokin Fire Deputy Chief Jason Zimmerman.
Zimmerman said the ground surrounding the break is contaminated with a substance that is believed to have been used by a company that had once occupied the land. Zimmerman and AQUA Pa. stressed there is no danger to the public.
"There is no advisory in effect," Tate Hunsinger, supervisor for the Roaring Creek Division, said Saturday. "There is no gasoline or oil coming from the water."
Hunsinger said UGI is going to excavate the area, which will be monitored by a hazardous materials cleanup company and the Department of Environmental Protection.
"The line has been isolated," Hunsinger said. "We are going to wait until Monday, then consult with the hazmat company for directions on how to proceed."
Zimmerman said several booms were placed along Shamokin Creek to capture the substance and that the garage of the warehouse, which had a small amount of water come in it, will be pressure washed.