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May 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials lifted the boil-water advisory for six Montgomery County municipalities Friday after a second round of tests revealed no sign of contaminants. "We're very pleased," said Terry Maenza, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania American Water Co. As a precaution, the company had advised about 18,000 customers since Tuesday to boil any water before drinking it or using it to wash dishes. That came after the company experienced a loss in positive water pressure in the distribution system at its Norristown plant, which increased the risk of contamination.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
As thousands of Montgomery County residents and businesses endured a third day without drinking water, a Montgomery County legislator called Thursday for a state hearing to determine how water from a local treatment plant was under risk of becoming contaminated. State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) said officials from the Pennsylvania American Water company need to explain why parts of the system in its Norristown plant ran dry on Tuesday, leading the company to issue a boil-water advisory to 18,000 customers in six municipalities.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania American Water says a boil-water advisory for 18,000 customers in six Montgomery County towns will remain in effect through Friday. The utility said water pressure had been restored to the distribution system served by its Norristown plant, which draws water from the Schuylkill. But it needs clean-water tests for two days before it can lift the advisory, according to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection guidelines. "All signs are looking positive," Pennsylvania American spokesman Terry M. Maenza said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania American Water instructed 18,000 customers in six Montgomery County towns Tuesday night to boil water for human consumption after water supplies ran low because of problems at its Norristown treatment plant. Customers in East Norriton, West Norriton, Lower Providence, Whitpain, Worcester, and Whitemarsh Townships were told to boil water as a precaution after some parts of the utility's system ran dry. When water systems lose pressure, bacteria can enter. Boiling the water destroys the pathogens.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Stotesbury cup Regatta, the largest high school rowing event, canceled all semifinal races Saturday, with finals scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. with the boys' freshman eight. Organizers made the decision to cancel the seminfinal events early Saturday morning, after Friday's rainfall led to potentially dangerous rowing conditions on the Schuylkill River. At 11 a.m., they announced their decision to continue with the finals races only. Friday's storm led to high water levels, increased speed, and debris in the water.
REAL_ESTATE
May 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A few weeks back, a reader asked for reasons why a wood floor was starting to extrude chips and slivers from between the boards. Doug Sandilands, of Shamrock Flooring in Aston, says it's his guess that the chips and slivers coming out of the floors are from an older type of waxed prefinished floors the industry called Kromar. "These boards are 5/16 inches thick by two inches wide," Sandilands said. "However, the depth from the face of the board to the tongue and groove is only about 1/16 of an inch.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In late April, business partners Tommy Up and Sarah Brown put out an offer: Pitch in to help them open a tiki bar called the Yachtsman in Fishtown, and reap rewards ranging from a private party to your name engraved on a bar stool (plus the right to evict other patrons from said stool). Brown and Up - who is also the owner of PYT, a Northern Liberties eatery that is in the process of franchising its format of wacky burgers and boozy milkshakes - said construction overruns had cleaned them out. So, rather than seek a loan or bring in a partner, they decided to cash in their social capital via Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform through which anyone can donate, and funds are collected only if the target goal is reached.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By now, Susan Story should be moved into her new office at the American Water Works Co. Inc. headquarters in Voorhees. "My computer is the first thing I have to have," said Story, 54, who became chief executive of the $2.9 billion utility at the company's annual meeting Friday, replacing president and CEO Jeff Sterba. "I have to have a chair that doesn't make my back hurt, and I have to have a picture of my husband and myself and our two dogs and that's about it," said Story, who joined the company April 1, 2013, as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kenneth E. Shull, 97, formerly of Media, a chemist and executive for the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., died Tuesday, April 22, of congestive heart failure at White Horse Village. Mr. Shull's enthusiasm for science started early and blossomed into a career choice, said his son, Dave. "When he was young, he built a laboratory in his basement. It was quite sophisticated," his son said. Mr. Shull worked for Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., now Aqua America Inc., in Bryn Mawr for 45 years, starting in 1938 as a chemist and bacteriologist, and becoming chief chemist and then superintendent of water treatment in 1956.
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