SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Mercer, Trumbull and Lawrence County customers of Aqua Pennsylvania have full water service as of Monday morning. The company lifted its request to conserve water just before 7 a.m.
Thousands of Aqua water users had been curtailing water usage since Friday after 1,700 gallons of crude oil leaked into a tributary of the Shenango River. That forced the company to stop, then reduce, its intake of river water at the Sharon treatment plant.
Aqua and the U.S. EPA continued to clean up the spill using containment booms. Some of the sheen on the water dissipated and some of it moved downstream.
The crude spilled from a tank in the area of 2600 Orangeville Rd. in Brookfield Township. It went into Big Run Creek and made its way into the Shenango River which runs into Pennsylvania. A man fishing along the Shenango noticed a film on the surface and called emergency workers.
Aqua is also robocalling its Shenango Division customers on Monday, letting them know the conservation request has been lifted. In a press release, the company thanks customers for their cooperation. They also appreciated the alert angler who first saw the film on the water and called authorities.