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CARLISLE, Pa. - Six days after a failure at the borough's water plant, conservation measures still remain in place.

Although there is no timetable for when the restrictions will be lifted, work continues to get the borough's water to full capacity.

At businesses like the Market Cross Pub & Brewery, water is a critical part of serving customers.

"Washing dishes, drinking water, cooking, people ask for water a lot especially drinking beer just to make sure they're leveling out," Lisa Ilaria, a bartender at the pub, said. "We're making sure we're doing full loads of dishes and making sure our customers needs are met."

But there is no sign of when those conservation measures will end.

"We're getting closer," Borough manager Matt Candland said. "Every day that goes by and the more work that we get done, we are getting closer to getting it back up to full capacity."

Borough officials say a check valve likely failed, allowing water from the reservoir tank to flow into the primary equipment area.

Numerous mechanical and electrical components were submerged under 15 feet of water and had to be replaced.

"What we really wanted to do was just determine what happened enough to the point where it isn't going to happen again while we're firing back up," Candland said. "There's still more work we're going to need to do to really get a good idea, a clear idea of what happened."

The filters that remain operational are working to replenish the borough's water supply, so they are still depending on the water supplies of neighboring municipalities to deliver water to residents and businesses.

"I'm not so sure you can prepare entirely for something like this, and when you have events like this, you really need the help of the adjoining systems," Candland said. "If we didn't have the adjoining systems, we would have been in a much more difficult situation.

The plant was producing at 25 percent capacity Tuesday, but the borough anticipated reaching 50 percent capacity by Tuesday night from having a third filter become operational.