Warrington residents get account credits for contaminated water
WARRINGTON, PA – The North Wales Water Authority has received a grant to provide account credit to clients of the old Warrington Township water system for additional charges paid to the township due to well contamination during ownership municipal system, the authority said on Tuesday.
The credit is expected to cover the average Warrington residential customer for up to a year or more, depending on water usage. The credits will be issued in the first quarter of 2021.
The commune sold his water system to the North Wales Water Authority, which supplies water for the Forest Park water treatment plant in Chalfont, in 2019 for $ 17 million. Earlier that same year, the state provided an $ 8 million grant to remove PFAS contamination from water in the Warrington, Warminster and Horsham areas. Of that $ 8 million, $ 3 million was used to renovate four groundwater wells in the township contaminated with PFAS, also there due to the use of fire fighting foam.
PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used to make kitchen utensils, rugs, clothing, furniture fabrics, paper food packaging and other materials resistant to water, grease or to stains. They are also used in fire fighting foams and in many industrial processes.
The development and submission of grant applications were approved by the NWWA Board of Directors in 2019, with support from State Representatives Todd Polinchock and Meghan Schroeder, as well as State Senator Maria Collett .
“While we have all worked together as lawmakers to bring this together, we cannot underestimate the important work of communities of people who have come together to find a solution to this crisis,” said Representative Polinchock (R -Chalfont) in a press release.
“In a district that has experienced some of the highest levels of PFAS water contamination in the country, and as climate change results in increasingly frequent flooding and severe weather events in our region, it is It is crucial to invest in our water, sewer and storm water infrastructure, ”said Sen. Collett said in a statement. “I have heard our municipal partners talk about the urgent needs in these areas, and I am proud to have worked with them to secure funding from the state.
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