- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a water authority serving one of Pittsburgh’s poorest suburbs $114,000 for not properly disinfecting its water in November.

The Wilkinsburg-Penn Join Water Authority didn’t immediately comment on the fine announced Friday.

But DEP officials say in a news release that nine workers will each receive 15 hours of training because they allegedly didn’t know they were required to maintain a certain level of disinfectant in their water.

DEP spokesman John Poister says the fine is the largest in 20 years in southwestern Pennsylvania under the agency’s Safe Drinking Water Program.

The authority didn’t adequately disinfect its water on 15 occasions last November, and didn’t promptly report the lapses to the DEP or the authority’s 120,000 customers.

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