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Shippensburg, Letterkenny explore joint water plan

July 08, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Shippensburg, Pa., and the Franklin County General Authority are exploring a joint water project involving Letterkenny Army Depot's 300 million-gallon reservoir.

Shippensburg Borough Manager Bill Wolfe said Wednesday a study will be conducted to determine the feasibility of connecting to the depot's system for use as a backup water source.

The borough and the authority are participating in a Shared Municipal Services Program grant study, according to Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority spokeswoman Deb Garvin. The general authority runs the utilities at Letterkenny Army Depot that have been turned over to the authority.

Garvin said the authority and borough have been approved for a $5,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the study. Each will contribute $2,500 more as a local match to bring the total to $10,000.

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While the depot reservoir is located about 12 miles from Shippensburg, the transmission line passes within 1,000 feet of the borough's treatment plant at one point, Wolfe said. The Army in the past has offered to allow temporary connections in emergencies, but not a permanent line, he said.

The borough has its own 208 million-gallon reservoir at Gunter Valley in Lurgan Township, Wolfe said.

Garvin said the general authority Wednesday appointed a three-member committee to review proposals from engineering firms to conduct the study. She said the borough's water authority will participate in the selection, which will be made later this summer.

Wolfe said cost estimates for the project would be part of the study.

Ownership and operation of most of the utilities at Letterkenny Army Depot have been turned over to the Franklin County General Authority as part of the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision to downsize the depot.

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