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Authority Wants Medical Facilities’ Water Reviews

SANATOGA PA – The potential for using, and disposing of, more water among the growing number of medical facilities within Lower Pottsgrove has prompted its sewer authority to consider the possibility of annually reviewing consumption records to ensure those businesses pay their fair share for water treatment costs.

Authority Wants Medical Facilities' Water Reviews

The authority board has asked its solicitor, Stephen Kalis, to draft a proposed regulation that defines its ability to look at usage records at least once a year, according to the most recent minutes of authority activity posed on the township website.

Board members want the opportunity to determine if each business is assigned and covers the expense of an adequate number of equivalent domestic units (EDUs). EDUs are a measurement of consumption, based on how much water is used in an average household. Sewage treatment costs rise as building owners use more water and are assigned more EDUs.

The township in recent years has become a mecca of sorts for offices and treatment centers representing a wide variety of medical service providers. Community Health and Dental, for example, next week (June 11) will hold grand opening ceremonies for its second location at 700 Heritage Dr. Just last fall, Fresenius Medical Care opened a kidney dialysis center in the former Rite Aid building at 2217 E. High St.

They are only recent examples. Along Medical Drive, on the east side of Armand Hammer Boulevard and just south of Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; and along Heritage Drive and a portion of Creekside Drive in Sanatoga, about a half-mile east of the hospital, an increasing number of providers’ offices and facilities have opened in only four years.

More might be expected as the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act take effect, creating new medical demands among area residents who previously lacked health insurance or who were under-insured.

The board is next scheduled to meet Monday (June 9) at 7 p.m. in the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd. Attendance at the meeting is free and open to the public.

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