Finally, water woes to end for Zullinger

September 28, 1997


Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A 26-year-old nitrate problem in the public water system that serves the village of Zullinger will end in early November when the system connects to one serving the borough of Waynesboro, officials said this week.

Allen Stine, president of the Zullinger Water Association, owners of the system that supplies about 455 households, said the water should not consumed by pregnant women and children under 6 months old.

"There's no problem for adults," Stine said.

Water tested from samples taken in September showed above normal nitrate levels. Water for the system comes from wells and a spring, Stine said. The system opened in 1971, he said.


He said health department officials claim the source of nitrates is runoff from farms that has seeped into the ground water. Stine said he disagrees.

"I have my own opinion about where it comes from, but I can't prove it," he said.

Waynesboro Borough Manager Lloyd R. Hamberger II, said the Waynesboro Borough Authority supplies water to about 5,300 customers.

It will begin supplying the Zullinger system after Nov. 1. The only thing left is to bring the line through Antietam Creek. Lines from both systems, Zullinger from the west and Waynesboro from the east, meet at the creek, he said.

Hamberger said Waynesboro and Zullinger have a cooperative agreement in which the Waynesboro authority will manager the system for Zullinger. Stine is a member of the Zullinger authority.

There will be no rate hike in Zullinger, Stine said.

The Zullinger system is an association with 245 voting members representing property owners on the system. Another 200 tenants served by the system do not have voting rights, Stine said.

Supplying water to Zullinger has netted some legal problems for Waynesboro. The Washington Township Municipal Authority, which supplies water to township customers, sued Waynesboro in 1996 claiming the borough violated an agreement that defines service areas for both systems.

The issue is pending in the Court of Common Pleas. Any decision by the court won't affect the new system, Stine said.

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