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Hooversville Borough addressing water system on multiple fronts

March 15, 2018 GMT

As Hooversville Borough officials wait for new information on a three-way water deal, their search continues for a new plant operator.

Operator Dan Russell Jr. resigned Feb. 11 to work for the Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority. The EADS Group, an engineering firm, has temporarily taken over management of the plant, which provides treated Stonycreek River water to residents. Council President Ken Karashowsky said a possible replacement the borough interviewed last month turned down the position.

“We’re back to square one,” he said during a council meeting Tuesday night.

EADS engineers charge the borough $75 an hour to work at the plant. The borough spent $8,587.50 for the first two weeks of work.

Karashowsky added that the borough is hoping to get an operator with all the certifications, and council members are willing to pay for training and certification. The borough is accepting applications for the position until March 30.

“I’m hoping we can get even more in that we can interview,” he said.

EADS is installing $14,890 worth of replacement parts in the water system, including at the plant. The borough has been losing two-thirds of the water passing through its lines, according to borough officials; however, the number may have been inflated.

“I think until we get the main line meter fixed at the plant, we really don’t know how much water we’re producing,” EADS engineer Pat Mulcahy said in a February meeting.

Karashowsky said Tuesday that the replacement parts have already been installed in the plant, and officials should have, within the next 45 days, a more accurate idea of how much water is being lost.

“Now we’ll have a better handle on the whole system as to what our leak percentage is,” he said.

Secretary Robin Stufft said EADS officials tested for leaks along Main Street last week.

“They can pretty much pinpoint where the leaks are on the line,” she said.

Council members are also awaiting new information on a three-way water deal with the municipal authority and the Somerset County General Authority to connect the borough’s water system to the Quemahoning Reservoir. The general authority sells water from the reservoir through the Quemahoning pipeline.

Karashowsky said he has not heard anything from borough solicitor Jeffrey Miller about his meeting with general authority solicitor Michael Barbera Monday.

“We should have something for our next meeting,” Karashowsky said.