Residents who notice Municipal Authority of the Borough of Lewistown (MABL) crews working at fire hydrants and see water running into the street may think that MABL is ignoring its own philosophy on conserving water. The process of periodically "flushing" fire hydrants, however, is an important preventative maintenance activity. Although it may appear to waste water, this process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the integrity of the water system and to continue to deliver the highest quality water possible to our customers.
groundwater sources, wells, throughout the service area.
2016 Annual Drinking Water Report
We have a source water assessment report available from our office that provides more detailed information such as potential sources of contamination. A summary of our water system’s susceptibility to potential sources of contamination can be viewed below.
This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our primary water source is the Laurel Creek Reservoir. In addition to that source, we are permitted to draw from four
Flushing the water system on a routine basis removes sediment from water distribution lines and keeps the entire distribution system refreshed. MABL maintains nearly 300 miles of domestic water lines throughout its service area, which covers the majority of Mifflin County.
Each water main and every fire hydrant is flushed, at a minimum, on an annual basis.
As a result of the flushing procedure, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work area may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration consists primarily of harmless silt and precipitates and does not affect the safety of the water. If you experience discoloration in your water after crews have been flushing in your neighborhood, clear the pipes in your own home by running all water faucets for a minute or two.
This same philosophy of water line preventive maintenance is one that you should use in your own home. Your home's water heater should be drained and flushed at least once a year to keep it working efficiently and to protect the quality of water inside your home. Also, if you go out of town and there is no water use in your home for a week or more, when you return it's always a good idea to run all your faucets for a minute or so before using the water. This ensures that you don't use any stagnant water that may have developed in your home's pipes while you were away.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has selected the Laurel Creek Filtration Plant to receive a prestigious Optimization Program (AWOP) Award.
AWOP is a national filter plant optimization effort among 22 states, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) and MABL. For the fourth consecutive year in Pennsylvania, AWOP will recognize outstanding efforts toward optimizing filter plant turbidity performance with a prestigious AWOP Award. The top performing filter plants that submitted their 2016 WebOAS turbidity data will receive the AWOP award this year.
The Laurel Creek Filtration Plant, which provides service to the residents of Mifflin County, will be one of the filter plants receiving this award at the annual Water Works Operators Association of Pennsylvania Conference held in State College, PA.