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Update: Pennsylvania American Water finds water main break in Luzerne County

The water issues in a part of Luzerne County have been affecting customers since Friday, September 17.

LUZERNE COUNTY, Pa. — It took a few days, but crews with Pennsylvania American Water finally found a water main break disrupting things in Luzerne County.

The break has impacted homes, businesses, and schools for days.

A spokesperson with PA American Water told us around 12:30 Monday afternoon crews found the break under Harveys Creek here near West Nanticoke.

There are locations where people can get water if they still need it while crews work to fix an eight-inch water main break.

The water company says they will be there for a while in part of Nanticoke, Newport Township, Glen Lyon, and Shickshinny.

People have been using tanks for water while water crews spent the weekend trying to isolate the break that left some people without water since Friday.

It took a while for crews to find this problem because of its obscure location under the creek--- they used sounding technology to help find the break and had to shut lines on and off in their search which made water tanks necessary for many folks without water for random spurts of time.

Sur Yurchak of Nanticoke said, "I know and my brother, which doesn't live very far for me didn't have water at all. Well, he had a trickle. That was it, but he does have his water back now. "

PA American Water says the tankers will remain at the locations listed below for now for anyone who needs them.


  • Weis Markets in Nanticoke
  • South Market Street in Nanticoke near the fire station
  • Guardian Eldercare in Nanticoke on Old Newport Street
  • Thomas’ Market in Shickshinny
  • Ken Pollock Apartments in Glen Lyon

For more information or to see a map of the affected area, please check out Pennsylvania American Water's website.