Lower Pottsgrove projects resolve, explore water issues
As two of the larger development projects in Lower Pottsgrove are making their way through the planning process — decisions about one matter crucial to both occurs in borough hall.
The Pottstown Borough Authority runs the water systems that provides most of the public water to Lower Pottsgrove Township and as such, both the Sanatoga Green and Spring Valley Farms projects are looking to that system to supply their water.
In at least one case, however — the 500-unit mixed residential commercial Sanatoga Green project near the Limerick outlets — developers may have to look elsewhere.
During Tuesday’s Borough Authority meeting, authority engineer Tom Weld said he and Public Works Director Doug Yerger met with the Sanatoga Green developers on Aug. 15 and discovered they now want an increase in water volume of more than 1,000 percent — from 174 gallons per minute, sought in January, to the 2,160 gallons per minute outlined last month.
But flow tests show the most the authority system can deliver — without a pump or water tank constructed on the site — is 1,992 gallons per minute, according to an Aug. 16 memo from Weld to Authority Manager Mark Flanders.
Because neither the idea of paying for a pump booster station or water tank is particularly attractive to the Sanatoga Green developers, they are now inquiring with Pennsylvania American Water Company to see if they can provide the water needs for the project.
As for the 178-unit Spring Valley Farms project, located near the intersection with Bleim and Pleasantview Roads, blasting and construction on that project began this week, according to the Sanatoga Post.
Supplying water to that development means the water tank built on New Hanover Square Road 10 years ago, but never used, will finally be put into service.
Weld explained that development of the Spring Valley tract was first proposed 12 years ago but floundered in the recession, after the water tank had already been built — and it has sat dormant ever since.
Tuesday night, final agreements between the authority and Spring Valley Farms developers were approved, including a $52,500 payment for its share of the cost of a pipe connecting the tank to the development.