After months of pressure to shut down the largest water utility in the state, the Lancaster Water Authority announced on Friday that it was continuing to use bottled water.
The decision came as a shock to the water authority’s residents and customers who have been asking for a complete overhaul of the utility’s water treatment system.
Lancaster is one of only two regional water utilities with a bottled water system, but the other is in neighboring Somerset County, which serves a population of about 20,000.
“We’re happy with the decision,” said Lisa Wren, executive director of the Lancaster Independent Association, which represents some of the town’s residents.
“We’re excited about the next step of a process that will see us transition to using our own water.”
Lancasters water utility, the Water Authority of Lancaster, announced on its website that it has started to use water treated with chlorine and fluoride.
The authority also has begun using bottled treatment for some of its customers.
“At this point we’re still using our current water source,” Wren said.
“The chlorine and the fluoride are the same as before.”
The Water Authority said in a statement that it would begin using bottled for the first time in late April, after an initial 10-month trial period.
The company also said it would transition to bottled treatment in late spring, though no date has been set for that.
Lance Owens, a former executive with the Water Association, said the decision to switch to bottled water was a surprise to many residents.
“When they’re starting a water system and you start using bottled, they’re just not going to be able to do it,” Owens said.
Owens said the public should be outraged by the utility shutting down a water source that is used by more than 200,000 people a day.LANCASTER, Pa.
(AP) — The largest water system in the nation that serves nearly 1.5 million people and has been plagued by high water bills has announced it is continuing to rely on bottled water for drinking and washing.
Lane County, a farming community in Lancaster County, said in an email Friday that the authority is “actively looking into” the possibility of transitioning to bottled treatments in the coming weeks.
The authority said in its statement that a full water system is needed in order to treat water safely, but has no specific plans to replace the bottled water service.
The Lancaster Water Agency is the largest municipal water utility and is owned by the county, which has a population that’s about 50,000, or about 8 percent of the entire county.
Laurie County has been dealing with a series of bills that have been piling up, with water bills averaging $1,700 a month, and a lack of customer service from the utility, which is in the process of buying a new facility in Pennsylvania.
Lincoln County, where the Water Agency operates, has seen its water bill total about $500,000 a year.
The water authority is part of the Allegheny Water System, a regional water utility that operates in Allegheny, Erie and other parts of the region.
The Water Agency has had trouble getting water from a nearby creek and in the past had to use underground treatment facilities, which require costly and labor-intensive equipment.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has warned that the Lancaster water authority may be in violation of the state’s water quality standards because it continues to use chemicals to treat its water, and that it may be violating federal law that requires utilities to use alternative water sources.
A spokesman for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement said in late March that the agency was concerned about the water utility’s treatment of the drinking water, which could pose health risks.
Lancelas water utility was founded in 1971 and is one the largest in the United States, serving about 4.6 million people in Lancaster, Cumberland, Delaware, Montgomery, and Westmoreland counties.
It was one of the first utilities to provide water treatment for drinking water in Pennsylvania, and is known for using reclaimed wastewater and recycled pipes.
In 2015, the water agency was fined $150,000 for violations that included failing to test for lead and other contaminants in the water supply, and for using a water treatment plant that had been closed in 2012.
Landon Jones, a spokesman for Lancaster, said there were many people in his community who did not have access to safe drinking water.
“Some of those people have been trying to get it for months and months,” he said.
Jones said it was difficult for him to comprehend why his water was treated like it was a garbage disposal.
“It’s not that we’re not happy with it.
It’s that the people in that community are not getting it,” Jones said.
The agency also said in February that it will be shutting down its treatment plant at its facility in Lancaster.
Lansing officials say it was the result of an ongoing state review of the water system’s water use and pollution levels. They