Greencastle puts the plug on water leaks

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot

Checking for leaks in the water system paid off, as the contractor discovered the sources of over 73,000 gallons of water disappearing each day.

Greencastle Area Franklin County Water Authority manager Susan Armstrong told the board last week that a service lateral was losing 21,000 gallons per day, and a customer service lateral was losing 52,000.

That was treated water the authority was not getting paid for. The leaks have since been repaired.

Darrell Showalter, longtime water plant employee, and filling in for retired chief operator Dale Wright, told members Bud O’Mara, Greg Rock and Jason Gerhart that the plant was treating an average of 500,000 gallons of water a day, down from 572,600 in September.

The contractor cost $6,000, Armstrong said. “It was money well spent.”

O’Mara commented that the water penetrating the ground equated to six million gallons a quarter.

The Franklin Street and South Carlisle Street water main project was moving along, Armstrong continued. PennDOT had given permission for paving to continue to the end of the month, rather than the traditional Oct. 15 cutoff.

The board had met in executive session on a litigation matter.