Quarterly Blow Offs – Grove Park Residents

Hello Residents,

The Benner Township Water Authority will be completing quarterly blow offs Monday, March 6, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m. Residents may experience a reduction in water pressure during this time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office at 814-355-4778.

Sincerely,

Benner Township Water Authority

Water Leak Detection – Hampton Hills/Opequon Residents – October 2022

** Update 10/24/2022 @ 8:46 AM **

Water service has been restored to Buttercup Way. If you experience any issues please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office at 814-355-4778.

** Update 10/24/2022 @ 7:31 AM **

Buttercup Way Residents – Water will be off on 10/24/2022 from 8:30 AM through 11:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

** Update 10/21/2022 @ 2:52 PM **

The Benner Township Water Authority is still looking for the water leak. There is a planned interruption in water service scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2022 starting at 3:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. Residents may experience a loss in water pressure during this time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office at 814-355-4778.

** 10/20/2022 @ Update 11:35 AM **

Opequon residents may experience loss in water from 12:30 p.m. through 1:30 p.m. today, 10/20/2022.

10/20/2022

Attention Hampton Hills & Opequon Residents:

The Benner Township Water Authority is currently looking for a water leak within your neighborhood. You may experience a difference in water pressure during this time.

We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

Sincerely,

Benner Township Water Authority

Drought Watch Declaration

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) has issues a drought watch across multiple counties including Centre. The declaration is in response to low stream flows, declining groundwater levels, and below-normal precipitation primarily across counties in the northern and eastern portions of Pennsylvania.

Residents are asked to reduce water use by 5%-10% through voluntary conservation measures.

Ways to conserve water at home:

• Run water only when necessary. Don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Shorten the time you let the water run to warm up before showering. 

• Run the dishwasher and washing machine less often, and only with full loads.

• Water your garden in the cooler evening or morning hours, and direct the water to the ground at the base of the plant, so you don’t waste water through evaporation.

• Water your lawn only if necessary. Apply no more than 1 inch of water per week (use an empty can to determine how long it takes to water 1 inch). Avoid watering on windy and hot days. This pattern will encourage healthier, deeper grass roots. Over-watering is wasteful, encourages fungal growth and disease, and results in shallow, compacted root systems that are more susceptible to drought.

• When mowing your lawn, set the blades to 2-3 inches high. Longer grass shades the soil, improving moisture retention. It also grows thicker and develops a deeper root system, so it can better survive drought.

• Check for and repair household leaks. For example, a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water daily.

• Sweep your sidewalk, deck, or driveway instead of hosing it off.

• Replace older appliances with high-efficiency, front-loading models that use about 30 percent less water and 40-50 percent less energy.

• Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.

• Set up a rain barrel to be ready to repurpose rain when it does fall. 

For more information please use the Drought Information Center on PA DEP’s website : https://www.dep.pa.gov/business/water/planningconservation/drought/pages/default.aspx

Fire Hydrant/Water Main Flushing – August 2022

Benner Township Water Authority will begin water main and fire hydrant flushing the morning of August 16, 2022 in Grove Park and Hampton Hills. Residents may experience temporary discoloration of water and a temporary reduction in water pressure between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office at 814-355-4778. Sincerely,Benner Township Water Authority

Flushing of Fire Hydrants/Water Mains

Benner Township Water Authority will begin water main flushing and fire hydrant flushing the week of 08/10/2020 and will continue for the next three weeks. Residents may experience temporary discoloration of water and a temporary reduction in water pressure between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office.

Thank you,

BTWA

Grove Park Generator – Completed

Benner Township Water Authority is proud to announce that the Grove Park Generator is now operational. The inspection and initial startup was completed the week of July 16, 2018. Grove Park will now continue to have water pressure and water for the emergency responders during an electrical outage. We appreciate all your input and support during this project.

 

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Grove Park Generator

The Benner Township Water Authority was successful in obtaining a grant as part of the PA Small Water and Sewer Program administered through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). The grant was obtained for purchasing a generator to supply emergency power to the Grove Park development. The generator will be used to maintain power for system operation, water pressure, and energize the fire pump in case of emergencies during power outages. The generator has been received and the Spring-Benner-Walker Joint Authority (SBWJA) has begun planning for installation within the next month or two. More information to follow.

High Water Usage

Did you recently get a letter stating that your water usage was higher than normal? There could be a logical reason for that and you may be aware of the increased use. However, if you are unsure why your home water usage has increased, here are a list of possible reasons that your water usage was higher:

  • Watering your garden
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Putting water in your pool
  • Extra people in the household taking showers and doing laundry

If none of these pertain to your situation there could be other reasons that your usage was high. Is your water softener running continuously? If your water softener is stuck in regeneration mode it is running water continuously thus spiking your water usage.

Another reason your water usage could be high is a leak – i.e. a leaking faucet or toilet. At times your toilet valve may malfunction and allow water to continue to flow down the drain. To test the toilet, place several drops of food coloring – red, green, blue – into the tank in the back. After 15 minutes look in the bowl, if you see the food coloring your toilet is leaking.

The best way to check for leaks is to turn all the water off in your home and wait a few minutes. Then go to your water meter and check to see if the dial is moving. If the dial is still moving even after the water is off then there is a leak and you should call your plumber for further assistance.

If you still aren’t sure please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office.

Right-To-Know Law

Public records of the Benner Township Water Authority (Authority) are made available to persons and agencies in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law (Act 3 of 2008; 65 P. S. § 67.101 et seq.)  All Right-to-Know Law requests must be in writing and signed by the person or agency representative making the request. Oral requests and anonymous requests will not be accepted and will not be honored.  All persons making a request must identify him or herself by name and be a United States Citizen. The request should identify or describe the records sought with sufficient information to enable Authority personnel to ascertain which records are being requested.  Requests may be submitted to the Authority in person, by mail, by e-mail or by facsimile.

 

Requests for public records should be addressed to the open-records officer of the Authority listed below:

Benner Township Water Authority, Open Records Office

Warren Miller – SBWJA Executive Director

170 Irish Hollow Road

Bellefonte, PA 16823

Telephone: (814) 355-4778          Fax: (814) 355-1599

E-mail: wmiller@sbwja.com

 

Below is the request form to be filled out and mailed into the Authority office:

BTWA Right-To-Know