Water Security Breach Feared

Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 05:08 PM gHale

There was a possible security breach at the Shoemakersville, PA, water plant that caused officials to warn residents of the borough and Perry Township not to drink the tap water, Jarrod K. Emes, borough emergency management coordinator, said Tuesday.

The drinking ban, which went into effect last Friday, and ended up lifted Monday after a series of tests by the state Department of Environmental Protection and an independent testing firm determined the water meets all safety levels for consumption, Emes said.

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“No contaminants posing a health risk to anyone consuming the water were found in any of the samples,” Emes said.

He said the steps officials took to warn residents not to drink the water were only a precaution.

State police at the Hamburg station are conducting an investigation to determine if a security breach occurred at the water plant.

No other details about the possible breach were immediately available. Emes said officials have not implemented new security measures at the plant.

Clean water was available to residents while the ban was in place.

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