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08 - 28 - 2011

Allentown asks residents to conserve water

The City of Allentown, citing two water main breaks, power outages, fire prevention and the flooding from Hurricane Irene, is calling on

its water users to conserve water for the next 48 hours.

City spokesman Mike Moore said in a news release that the drinking water remains safe to drink, but water levels in the city reservoirs are reaching low levels.

The city is asking people to:

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•Only use water when absolutely necessary

•Do not leave taps running

•Refrain from running laundry machines and dishwashers

•Do not store water

•Only flush the toilet when necessary

•Refrain from taking long showers

•Report location of water leaks or pipe bursts to the City's Communication Center at 610-437-7566

Customers will be notified by voicemail, text or email messages in the event of a boil water advisory or similar emergency.

Last year the city contracted with FirstCall Network Inc. to implement a system to notify customers. The system has the capability to send 3,500 voice messages, 6,000 text messages and 20,000 emails per minute. The phone message is available in English and Spanish.

FirstCall compiled a database of phone numbers across the city that initially reached 34,000 service connections. Persons with unlisted phone numbers were urged to register through the city's website

Water customers in the city without access to the Internet can register by calling FirstCall toll-free at 866-484-3264.,0,2407755.story