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

      Why does the water have a “chlorine” smell in the winter time?

      Why does the water have a “chlorine” smell in the winter time?

      MAWC adds chlorine to the drinking water to prevent water-borne disease outbreaks such as cholera, typhoid, giardiasis, etc.  The chlorine must remain in the water for its entire journey to your spigot.

      In the summertime MAWC combines ammonia with the chlorine to help carry the chlorine over the entire distribution system and reduce taste and odors caused by the warmer water.  In the winter, MAWC eliminates the ammonia and adds only chlorine to the water.  This chlorine eliminates any free ammonia in the system which left unchecked can cause bacterial growth.  This “free” chlorine residual creates the off odors that you smell.