Water Threat Investigation Continues

Water Threat Investigation Continues

The mystery continues. What police are saying now about the threat against the Hollidaysburg Water system.
HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - The mystery continues. What police are saying now about the threat against the Hollidaysburg Water system.

Hollidaysburg Borough Police and State Police are continuing their investigation Sunday, after vague threats against the water supply in the area were sent via email Friday.

Sunday, police are following up on several leads, but questions still remain, like who did it, why and what happens next.

Folks from the Altoona Water Authority set up shop to offer free water for those folks in need Sunday afternoon. They say this fiasco is causing a big headache.

It's been a long week.

"We received a threat through the police department that stated there was contamination to the water system," Altoona Water Authority Distribution Manager, Michael Milliron, said. "As far of the rest of it, it was pretty vague to us. Now, we're just following through with the Department of Environmental Protection process of flushing."

Milliron says crews have been flushing the system out since Friday.

"We opened up hydrants and if it was a problem in the water, we exchanged that with water from the city," he said.

The threat first came via email, someone saying the Plane Nine and Muleshoe Reservoirs would be contaminated. Police still don't know what the water may have been contaminated with, or why.

Officers with the Hollidaysburg Borough tell WTAJ Sunday, they're following up on several leads to get to the bottom of it. They do say there is a possible connection between this threat and the bomb threat against the Blair County Courthouse last week.

"Between the water we have flushed, we had girls in our building office on overtime to answer questions, we've been doing that for two days now," Milliron said.

Milliron has never seen anything like this happen before in Hollidaysburg and says it's costing a lot of money.

"Overtime and lost water. That's not even going to count businesses that have had to shut down for this," he said.

Milliron says just like everyone else, the Water Authority is ready to get to the bottom of this.

"We understand what this is doing to our consumers, but they have to understand that we're being directed how to do this," he said.

Police say the investigation is still in its early stages.

Stay with WTAJ for updates on air and online.

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