Sewage Dump Demands More Chlorine In Water Supply

Hole in Reading sewer main break won’t be fixed until later Wednesday

POTTSTOWN PA – Borough residents may have found Tuesday (Aug. 30, 2011) that their tap water smacked of a little more chlorine than usual. The reason: a spill of raw sewage from Reading PA into the Schuylkill River caused officials at Pottstown’s Water Treatment plant to add extra dollops of the purifying chemical for safety’s sake.

Adjacent municipalities were affected too, because the borough sells water and sewer treatment services to neighboring townships.

For public water, Pottstown pumps from the Schuylkill and cleans and treats it for consumption and usage. River water quality was affected Monday (Aug. 29) when a 42-inch sewer main broke at Reading’s Fritz Island treatment plant, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported.

Borough Manager Jason Bobst told The Mercury that Pottstown “has been adding extra chlorine” into its treatment mix since the incident and was “monitoring the water constantly.” He reported that up to 15 million gallons of untreated sewage was estimated to have been dumped.

At the time of The Mercury interview, Bobst said the break was expected to have been fixed by Tuesday afternoon; The Reading (PA) Eagle newspaper reports it likely won’t be repaired until today (Wednesday, Aug. 31).

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