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What happens if my townships waste water treatment plant shuts down?

So i live in pennsylvania and we’re dealing with historic flooding right now. It was just announced that our townships waste water treatment plant has shut down due to flooding that has submerged the plant. The only thing they said is it could be up to 2 weeks before it is back in operation. They said the Department of environmental protection a disaster declaration has been issued for the the county. Does this mean i cannot use my toilet? and if not what shall i do? and can i use my faucet for cooking and what not? or does it mean i’m gonna have someones urine in my water? So stressed right now cause of all of this, This is unbelievable.

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  1. Comment by susanna
    November 11, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    I’m sure Derry Twp. will provide guidelines. While I would be stressed out right along with you, knowing is half the battle, and fear of the unknown is hard. Here is what happened in another community: http://www.wave3.com/story/14561595/indiana-city-shuts-down-wastewater-treatment-plant-due-to-floods. Keep in mind these are two different situations–The Palmyra in the article is in Indiana, BTW. However, I wouldn’t flush right now if I were you . . .
    Good luck and God bless.
    Camp Hill

  2. Comment by DFTR
    November 11, 2011 @ 7:00 am

    If the water treatment system has failed? You can only use the toilet. Even then, if the authorities say “Don’t” Then don’t. Follow their guidelines. Never use water out of a faucet that is even suspected of not being treated. Yes, you’ll get the whole spectrum of nastiness. Not to even speak of the little microbes having a swim.

    So, use only the toilet and go get bottled water for all else. I would not even bathe, nor wash clothes in that dreck. Sorry.

  3. Comment by John W
    November 11, 2011 @ 7:05 am

    It means that the raw sewage will get dumped into the rivers untreated. You’ve always had someone’s urine in your water, think of how many people live upstream of you. It’s whether or not it’s safe or not that is the issue. Boil your water for the next week or so.

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