Reynoldsville Water-Sewer Authority hears report on the west end boil water advisory

The Reynoldsville Water and Sewer Authority met on September 16 with all members present.

One item of discussion was the current boil water advisory for the west end of the borough including Jeff Tech. Systems Manager Bob Crosby explained the problem began while cleaning a reservoir. This caused a water level problem with the tank supplying the west end which then caused the levels of chlorine to drop below approved levels.

Crosby said that the tank was flushed and refilled. The latest checks show normal levels, but tests have to be conducted over two consecutive days. If those come back normal, they advisory can then be lifted.

Tests will be conducted on September 17 and September 18. The results should be back by Monday morning, September 20. If all is okay, the advisory will be lifted.

In his report, Jim Venture of PVE, the authority’s engineering firm, said the board needs to plan for a water line replacement project along Route 310 in front of the CG Johnson Elementary School. He also advised planning for a lead inventory of water lines in the borough and a repair project to the Stone Quarry Tank.

Venture also offered a report on the efforts to mitigate radiation issues at the waste water treatment plant. The survey showed a dramatic improvement at the plant area and the mitigation efforts will continue.

In his sewage report, Systems Manager Crosby said there was still a problem with sludge press at the plant. While the search for a solution continues, the board voted to hire a company to de-water the sludge at a cost of 20-cents a gallon up to 150,000 gallons.

In other actions, the board approved a motion to seek bids for paving repairs in a number of areas around the borough. It was also informed that the authority has received its first installment of the American Recovery Plan grant totaling $138, 529.

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