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Lawsuit claims Westmoreland water in danger

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Executives with a local company filed a lawsuit against the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County claiming that the drinking water it sells is in danger of contamination.
John H. Schwartz of New Stanton and Louis Robare of Greensburg, officials with Cross Connection Control Management Inc. in New Stanton, claim the authority failed to enforce its own rules requiring customers to ensure its water remains separate from waste, chemicals and other potential contaminants.
Their company is hired to inspect and repair cross connection control issues for customers.
Schwartz and Robare contend the authority is violating the Safe Drinking Water Act by failing to implement its current plan to enforce a cross-connection control program.

Effort set to ensure safe drinking water

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has agreed to step up its enforcement efforts to ensure that sewage and other materials don't contaminate the drinking water supply.
Under a consent decree approved last week by Westmoreland County Judge Anthony Marsili, the authority will begin to survey customers and enforce an internal policy that could result in water being shut off at properties that don't have working connections to ensure that water is safe.
Authority Manager Chris Kerr said on Tuesday that the agreement formalizes the authority's policy and provides a time frame to oversee whether cross-connection devices are installed and properly working on residential

See the Concent decree here

See the Concent Decree Review here

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