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

Quarterly Blow Offs – 03/22/2022

Benner Township Water Authority will be completing quarterly blow offs on March 22, 2022. Residents may experience low water pressure during this time.

Grove Park residents may experience a difference in water pressure at approximately 10:00 a.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office.

Thank you for your understanding.

Grove Park Nitrate Levels

The Benner Township Water Authority is required to complete quarterly testing of the Nitrate levels in the Grove Park Well.

Grove Park Nitrate Levels

2011-2022

DateNitrate Level
2/14/20115.17 mg/L
3/4/20117.16 mg/L
4/8/20116.65 mg/L
7/8/20116.75 mg/L
10/7/20117.09 mg/L
1/6/20126.89 mg/L
4/6/20126.73 mg/L
7/5/20127.54 mg/L
10/5/20127.76 mg/L
1/4/20138.03 mg/L
4/4/20137.80 mg/L
7/12/20135.42 mg/L
10/4/20138.15 mg/L
2/21/20148.09 mg/L
4/18/20148.03 mg/L
7/16/20147.72 mg/L
10/3/20147.86 mg/L
1/2/20158.48 mg/L
4/3/20157.50 mg/L
7/2/20157.46 mg/L
10/2/20157.54 mg/L
1/7/20167.99 mg/L
4/8/20167.66 mg/L
7/8/20168.33 mg/L
10/7/20168.26 mg/L
1/6/20178.24 mg/L
4/7/20177.96 mg/L
7/7/20177.67 mg/L
12/15/20178.80 mg/L
1/5/20188.68 mg/L
4/6/20188.42 mg/L
7/5/20188.46 mg/L
10/4/20186.77 mg/L
1/3/20196.39 mg/L
4/4/20195.96 mg/L
7/3/20193.53 mg/L
10/3/20197.51 mg/L
01/02/20208.23 mg/L
04/03/20208.07 mg/L
07/03/20208.16 mg/L
10/02/20208.84 mg/L
01/07/20218.58 mg/L
04/01/20218.57 mg/L
07/01/20218.11 mg/L
10/07/20218.24 mg/L
01/06/20228.88 mg/L
04/07/20227.97 mg/L
07/07/20228.17 mg/L
10/06/20228.77 mg/L

 

Please click on the graph image below to enlarge it.

 

Grove Park Generator – Update

The Grove Park Generator has been installed at the well house. The maintenance crew has done a wonderful job in getting the well house prepared for the new generator. As you can see below, it has been installed and is ready for inspection.

The job is not completely finished yet. BTWA is still working on obtaining and installing the propane tanks. We are hoping to have them installed within the next week or two. We will keep you all updated on the progress of the generator.

Picture courtesy of Steve Lanich, BTWA Board Member.

Grove Park Generator

Grove Park Generator

 

 

 

 

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.