Reading City Council Approves Smaller Sewage Plant

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

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Customers who use Reading’s sewage treatment plant on Fritz’s Island, and who will pay for a major overhaul that will begin soon, got some potential good news Monday.

Construction costs could be cut by up to $20 million if the state gives the go-ahead to a smaller plant that City Council approved Monday.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection not only approved the smaller plant in mid-September, it also extended the deadline to build it to 2018. The previous deadline was last month.

“It could mean less money that we’d have to go out and try to get (for the project),” Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer said.

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42-Inch Sewer Main Ruptures In Reading – Raw Sewage Being Dumped Into Schuylkill River

Tom McMahon, Mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

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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!