PRA warns of po­ten­tial con­tam­i­nated wa­ter in Perkasie wells

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

Around 165 homes in Perkasie that are not con­nected to the pub­lic wa­ter sys­tem may have wells with con­tam­i­nated wa­ter, ac­cord­ing to the Perkasie Re­gional Author­ity. PRA pre­sented its re­port about TCE con­tam­i­na­tion in Perkasie ground wa­ter Nov. 5 to Perkasie Bor­ough Coun­cil.

The well wa­ter con­tains traces of TCE, a con­tam­i­nant that may cause can­cer, ac­cord­ing to PRA Man­ager Gary Win­ton.

TCE has also been known to cause res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases in chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to a Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices re­port.

The res­i­dents in those 165 homes KDYH EHHn nRWL­fiHG DERuW WKH FRn­tam­i­na­tion sev­eral times and were given pay­ment plan op­tions, said Win­ton in a phone call.

“TCE ... will not go away any­time soon,” Bruno Mer­curi, the hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gist for Perkasie, said at Mon­day’s meet­ing.

The bor­ough dis­cussed a plan for when res­i­dents in those homes move, the new res­i­dents would have to con­nect to pub­lic wa­ter.

“I’m all for con­nect­ing them to­mor­row,” Win­ton said.

Win­ton said, how­ever, that those res­i­dents have been re­sis­tant to chang­ing over to pub­lic wa­ter.

It would cost around $5,000 to $7,000 to con­nect to the pub­lic wa­ter sup­ply, Win­ton said.

PRA sug­gested that the bor­ough ex­pand the ground wa­ter re­stric­tion area throughout the en­tire bor­ough.

“vou’ll see that Perkasie is dot­ted with an enor­mous num­ber of po­ten­tial sources of con­tam­i­na­tion,” Mer­curi said, in ref­er­ence to a map given to coun­cil.

The bor­ough de­cided to talk about ex­pan­sion in the next com­ing weeks.

Also at Mon­day’s meet­ing, the bor­ough an­nounced it would waive per­mit fees for prop­erty re­con­struc­tion re­lated to Hur­ri­cane Sandy. Res­i­dents will have un­til the end of the 2012 year to take ad­van­tage of no per­mit fees.

Bor­ough Man­ager Daniel Olpere also gave a hur­ri­cane re­port Mon­day.

“We were pretty well-pre­pared, but I also think we were very lucky,” Olpere said. “We could have been hit pretty hard.”

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The bor­ough dis­cussed ways to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween res­i­dents and the bor­ough of­fiFH DERuW HPHUJHnFy VLWuDWLRnV, be­sides us­ing the web­site. The bor­ough has al­ready launched an email news­let­ter, for which not many res­i­dents have signed up, Olpere said. The bor­ough also uses ReadyNo­ti­fyPa, an emer­gency noWL­fiFDWLRn SURJUDP WKDW VHnGV Dn email or a text mes­sage to res­i­dents who sign up for the pro­gram. Olpere en­cour­aged res­i­dents to sign up for it.

Also on Mon­day, coun­cil Pres­i­dent Matt Aigeldinger said he would like to see the bor­ough help the Pen­nridge FISH or­ga­nizDWLRn, D IRRG SDnWUy, finG D nHw build­ing.

Pen­nridge FISH cur­rently houses its op­er­a­tion in a sec­tion of the Perkasie Re­gional Author­ity op­er­a­tions cen­ter build­ing in Perkasie. The author­ity, how­ever, re­cently broke ground on a new build­ing in West Rock­hill and plans to move into the new fa­cil­ity by the mid­dle of Au­gust or be­gin­ning of Septem­ber of next year, leav­ing Pen­nridge FISH with­out a home.

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