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Residents concerned in Quincy over digging of well

May 14, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

QUINCY, Pa. - An 800-foot test well drilled in Quincy Township by the Borough of Waynesboro, Pa.'s public water system caused about 20 Quincy residents to complain that the well might cause their own wells to run dry.

The residents aired their concerns Tuesday night before the Quincy Township Supervisors.

The company drilling the well off Blue Rock Road for the Waynesboro Borough Authority struck water at 287 feet. At that point it was producing about 450 gallons per minute, but it was too cloudy for public use. The drillers went down to about 800 feet but found no difference in the amount or purity, said S. Leiter Pryor, head of Waynesboro's water department.

Pryor said the borough will do some pumping of the new well to see if the water can be cleared up.

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Pryor, who was not at the meeting, said the well in Quincy Township was drilled about two months ago. The borough is negotiating with the property owner to buy about four acres around the well.

"We want if for future use," he said earlier Tuesday.

A study of Waynesboro's current and future water needs indicates that new sources need to be found over the next 20 to 30 years, Pryor said.

Pryor also said the borough would monitor the wells of private homeowners around the new well to ensure that it won't affect them.

"That's a DEP (Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection) requirement," he said.

Several of the residents at the supervisors meeting asked for such protection.

The supervisors said they gave Waynesboro permission to drill the well in February.

"We don't have to give them permission," Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh said. Waynesboro can get the site by eminent domain even if Quincy Township is not in its jurisdiction, Bumbaugh said.

The supervisors said the borough would notify the township before it starts to pump the well.

Bumbaugh said Quincy Township, which has no public water system, needs to cooperate with neighboring jurisdictions like Washington Township, Pa., and the boroughs of Waynesboro and Mont Alto, Pa., in dealing with water issues.

"We don't want to create so much friction between us that it goes to DEP and goes out of our hands," Bumbaugh said. "Quincy is not in the water business. They are."

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