WAYNESBORO, Pa. — New regulations being developed in Washington Township, Pa., would put greater protections in place for the municipal water supply.
The ordinances being considered for adoption would regulate geothermal systems, as well as activities near wellheads.
If passed by the five township supervisors, one of two ordinances currently in draft form would establish standards for construction of geothermal heating systems for residential, institutional, commercial and industrial uses.
The ordinance seeks to minimize the potential for damage to natural resources through safe and efficient systems that use modern technology.
The other ordinance would establish “zones” around public water sources, restricting activities, mainly those that involve chemicals, in those zones.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has its own restrictions for areas around public water sources, but township officials want to have their own regulations on the books, Supervisor Elaine Gladhill said Wednesday.