What is a typical water emergency?

    • A water main leak causing flooding/damage or icy conditions in the winter.
    • A service line leak outside of the home causing flooding/damage or icy conditions in the winter.
    • A leak inside the home causing flooding/damage and the inside valve is inoperable.

    What is a typical wastewater emergency?

    • A basement back up of wastewater.
    • A manhole or clean out that is overflowing.

     

      EMERGENCY HOTLINE:

      (724) 755-5800

      24 hours a day / 7 days a week

       

      PLEASE CALL 911 IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A HAZARDOUS EMERGENCY SITUATION

      Disinfection

      Safe and clean, MAWC water meets or exceeds all applicable standards for drinking water.

      It’s going to stay that way not just through refinements and new technology – but the use of old standbys, like disinfection. Today, MAWC uses Chlorine or seasonally, Chloramine.

      Drinking water disinfection is one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.

      That’s because it was effective against waterborne disease, and it still is today. During the 1800s, disease outbreaks became more common as population increased across the country, and human and farm animal waste began to foul natural waterways more and more often, making untreated water unsafe. One of the earliest application of chlorination was at the McKeesport Water Plant to reduce typhoid fever epidemics in the early part of the 1900’s.

      Even though disinfection has all but stamped out waterborne diseases, those disease-causing microbes are still present in our waterways and untreated water.

      "Today we still use the same disinfection techniques but with up to date equipment and accuracy. Chlorine disinfection that worked 110 years ago still works today to maintain control of microbial pollution,” said John Ashton, MAWC assistant manager.

      But, thanks to disinfection, waterborne disease is extremely rare in the US. See the CDC graph below.

      Source: 

      https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/observances/dww-graph.html

       

      Additional Resources: 

      History of Drinking Water Treatment; A Century of U.S. Water Chlorination and Treatment: One of the Ten Greatest Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century