Bucks County residents work around boil-water advisory

Tim Jimenez
November 30, 2018 - 12:35 pm
This water station is set up at the Big Oak Shopping Center in Yardley because of a boil-water advisory.

Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio


YARDLEY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A boil-water advisory is still in effect until further notice for homes and businesses in Yardley Borough, Lower Makefield and parts of Falls Township. In the meantime, many people are out getting some fresh water to use until it’s safe to get it from their taps. 

For Jim Sullivan, it wasn’t an ideal start to his day.

"I thought I’d go out for coffee this morning and the coffee shop’s closed," Sullivan said.

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So, Sullivan, like so many others, had to scramble.

“I just picked up some bottled water and will come back to these filling stations.”

The filling stations he’s talking about are set up by Pennsylvania American Water, and there are several set up in and around Yardley:

  • Yardley Makefield Fire Companies
    105 South Main Street Yardley
    652 Stony Hill Road, Lower Makefield Twp
  • Big Oak Shopping Center
    1641 Big Oak Road
  • Village Market
    599 Washington Crossing Road
    Lower Makfield Twp
  • Gas Light Village
    85 Makefield Road
    Falls Twp

Frank stopped at the Oxford Oaks Shopping Center to fill up and to stop by the grocery store.

“We’re gonna go buy some more bottled water.”

At home, Frank just can’t turn the faucet on.

“I think all of us, I know our family, you kind of take it for granted until you can’t use it,” he said.

The water utility says there is a high level of turbidity — in other words, the water it’s too cloudy, and bacteria or other organisms could be in it.

Frank says he isn’t taking any chances with the advisory.

"My dad is almost 90, lives with us," he said. "So, we’re not going the boil-water route, because we kind of don’t feel comfortable with it, because an elderly person is more susceptible."

He's also loading up on bottled water, and he says paper cups, plates and utensils will be used so he doesn’t have to use any of the water for dishes.