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Boil Water Advisory Remains In Effect For Several Townships In Montgomery County

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. -

A boil water advisory will remain in effect for several townships in Montgomery County until at least Friday.

Contamination issues closed businesses and sent kids home early from school Wednesday.

In all, there are 18,000 Pennsylvania American Water customers without clean water.

Many are turning to bottled water and water tanks at fire stations to get by, but the lack of water is making things much more complicated.

"We always go out every Wednesday to the Burger King on Trooper Road. Take my dad out to get him out of the house," Chuck Stemple said.

Stemple’s weekly trip for fast food became anything but quick.

“It just so happens I get there, plenty of parking, big sign on the window, “I’m sorry we’re closed due to water. Oh crap," he said.

So he tried Wendy’s next.

“We get over there, they’re closed. We go over to Chick-Fil-A they’re closed. Arby’s across the street is shut down. I could not believe how many places were closed," Stemple said.

The Stemple's eventually found the Golden Arches.

“This is the last place in town for hamburger tonight," he said.

Heavy rains this month stirred up the Schuykill River, causing a backup with the filtering process at the water treatment plant in Norristown.

Six townships in Montgomery County have cloudy water.

“We want to make sure the water is safe for all the animals," Shannon Pierce said.

Pierce filled up several gallon jugs of water for the dogs at Cubby's Canine Castle in Blue Bell.

“We went through about 15 today, um so I brought the empties that we have. We still have about five there," she said.

When we talked to Stemple Wednesday evening, he hadn't been home since early in the morning.

He was crossing his fingers things would come back clean for his family.

“I hope it does get cleared up. My daughter is worried about washing her hair of all things," he said.

Officials said they have to perform two consecutive days of clean tests before the advisory is lifted.

Both the Norristown and Methacton school districts will have school Thursday, but will serve an adjusted menu for students.

Pennsylvania American Water reported on Thursday that lab results indicated no signs of bacteria in its Norristown area water system. The first sets of samples were collected on Wednesday at 11 locations within the six municipalities that are under the boil water advisory.

Officials require one more day of clean results before giving it the all clear.

The boil water advisory applies to the company's customers in the following communities:

East Norriton Township

West Norriton Township

Lower Providence Township

Whitpain Township

Worcester Township

Whitemarsh Township

Water tankers will be stationed at the following locations:

Jeffersonville Fire Company at School Lane and Egypt Road

Lower Providence Fire Company at Ridge Pike and East Mount Kirk Avenue

East Norriton Fire Company on Swede Road

East Norriton Fire Station at Germantown Pike and Whitehall Road

The company is asking customers to supply their own containers.

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