Editor’s note: Every community downstream is thankful!
The state has approved a $10 million low-interest loan to Reading from its PennVest program to help the city build a new 8,700-foot sewer main from the Sixth and Canal streets pumping station across the Schuylkill River and to the treatment plant on Fritz’s Island.
Officials also announced Wednesday that the state has approved a nearly $2 million grant to the Berks County Conservation District to help four dairy farms keep manure from polluting storm water runoff before it reaches local streams.
As the resident of a “down river” community from Reading, I say Hallelujah to this news!
After years of planning the city’s new sewage treatment plant on Fritz’s Island, dozens of local, state and federal officials gathered Wednesday to officially kick off what will be more than $200 million in construction.
They broke ground for the first of numerous projects, this one a $2.9 million contract for a huge new flow meter and 2,000 feet of new sewer main – the first section of an 8,700-foot replacement for the 50-year-old main that burst three times this year.
Heads up to anyone who lives downstream from Reading. A 42-inch sewer pipe has ruptured and the City of Reading is pumping raw sewage into the Schuylkill River to avoid further damage to the pipe! The damaged section of pipe is 50 feet from the Schuylkill River. The raw sewage starting being pumped into the river at 4 pm today.
The city is digging a big hole to collect the sewage and pipe it directed into the treatment plant downstream.
Reading Mayor Tom McMahon said fortunately the river is high because it will help “dilute” the sewage. The damaged pipe is sixty years old!
Officials in Pottstown and Philadelphia were notified as both communities use the Schuylkill River for their water supply. The state Department of Environmental Protection are on the scene and the EPA (federal) has been notified.
Might be a good time to stock up on bottled water!