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Thousands Cope Without Water in Lackawanna County

It has been a long day for thousands of people in Lackawanna County who have now gone more than 24 hours without water.
Thousands of people living in Lackawanna County have now been without water for more than 24 hours and it could be days before their service is fully restored.

Crews from Pennsylvania American Water another full day along the 500-block of River Street in South Scranton.

That is where a 36-inch water transmission line started to leak on Wednesday and has caused major headaches ever since.

As of right now, there is no exact timetable of when service will be restored.

According to workers, crews have dug down to where they believe the leak began, a joint connection between two pieces of pipe. The problem is that it is on the bottom side so it is difficult to get to.

"We are down to the leak, we're actually looking at the leak right now and we're looking at one option for repair," spokeswoman Susan Turcmanovich said. "We're trying to determine if that's going to be the best way to repair this."

When water returns, officials say homeowners will be under a water boil advisory.

There are currently an estimated 6,500 people in Scranton, Moosic and Taylor who have no water service.

There was a steady stream of people waiting in line, waiting to fill empty jugs and containers from a tanker at the corner of Pittston Avenue and Gibbons Street Friday.

"It's so aggravating but I can't change it. I can't go down there and stick some gum on the pipe and fix it," Eileen Murphy of South Scranton said.

Eileen Murphy lives along River Street just blocks down from where the transmission line began leaking.

Her water went out completely Thursday night.

"No shower today unfortunately. My main concern is being able to flush the toilet, make sure the dogs are taken care of," Murphy said.

This trip for water for Debbie Smith isn't her first time in the last 24 hours and with water not expected back for days, she knows it won't be her last.

"To take a sponge bath, we have to heat up the water. You can't even fill up the tub because it just takes too much water to fill up the tub," Debbie Smith of South Scranton said.

Most people are dealing with no water or just a trickle at times, like Jack Kemps.

"You can't flush the toilet. You can't brush your teeth. You can't do the dishes," Kemps said.

Kemps is now relying on boiled water from the stove at his house.

"It's been a little tough," Kemps said.

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