Carlisle residents asked to conserve water after malfunction at treatment plant

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — A water usage advisory has been issued in Carlisle after a malfunction at a water treatment plant.

The Department of Environmental Protection has issued a mandatory conservation notice Thursday morning after flooding conditions in the basement of its Carlisle plant caused an operational malfunction.

“We have a water quantity problem, not a water quality,” says the borough manager, Matthew Candland.

Residents of the borough are asked to only use water for uses such as: drinking, cooking and bathing. Residents are also asked to limit the use of water for showering or laundry until further notice.

“If you don’t have to do certain things, if you can hold off doing laundry until tomorrow or the next day, that would be wonderful,” Candland said.

Officials were alerted of the basement flooding Thursday morning. Water pumps located in the basement were submerged and damaged. Those pumps carry water from the treatment facility, where it is cleaned, to the reservoir, where it is distributed to the borough’s 20,000 residents.

The facility pumps out 2.5 million gallons of water a day. With the plant out of commission, the borough is tapping into reserves and borrowing water supply from neighboring townships.

“We’re receiving water from South Middleton Township, and we’ll also make arrangements with other surrounding systems to supplement ours,” says Candland. “But it still won’t be enough.”

Residents are asked to continue conserving water until the problem is fixed.

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