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Well gets $200,000 Shuster boost

October 18, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The well is drilled, 800 feet deep. Now all that's needed is the money to pay for pumping and treating it before it can add 250 gallons per minute to Waynesboro's public water system.

Drilling the well and building a pumping station and treatment plant will cost upward of $2 million, said Jon Fleagle, chairman of the Waynesboro Authority.

The money will come from loans and user fees from the system's customers.

A small chunk, $200,000, came in the form of a federal grant through the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who presented a check facsimile for that amount in a brief Borough Hall ceremony Monday.

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The well is a first for Waynesboro's public water system, Fleagle said.

Currently, Waynesboro's only source of water is the east branch of Antietam Creek. In the 1950s, the borough dammed up the creek's headwaters when it built a 150-million gallon reservoir on South Mountain in Michaux State Forest.

In 2002, a year of severe drought, the water level in the reservoir dropped 15 feet below the dam, S. Leiter Pryor, director of utilities for the borough, said at the time.

The new well will serve as an extra source of water should another drought occur.

"We need to diversify our sources," Fleagle said.

He also said the Waynesboro Borough Authority has been looking for an additional source of water because of the growth projected for the area. Waynesboro supplies some customers in Washington Township.

The borough agreed to install water and sewer lines to the property line of a proposed commercial development on Pa. 316 just north of the borough line owned by Bruce & Warren Ltd., a local development company.

In return, the company gave the borough 4.5 acres for its well, pumping station and treatment plant, Fleagle said.

Jerry Zeigler, zoning and code enforcement officer for Washington Township, said Monday the township's planning commission gave preliminary approval for the Bruce and Warren 25-acre subdivision plan.

"They had one lot and they broke it into five lots," Zeigler said.

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