New Source Development – Public Water System Expansion

The Benner Township Water Authority (BTWA) has been discussing the development of a new well to supplement and replace the Grove Park well. This well has an elevated nitrate level that is nearing the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant level of 10 parts per million (ppm). Consuming nitrates may affect the human body causing what is known as methemoglobinemia, a blood disorder that affects the body’s ability to transport oxygen in our blood.

The BTWA has completed many tests for nitrates in private wells within Benner Township including the areas of Upper Seibert Road, Willowbend Development, Raymonds Lane, Lower Gyp Road and Buffalo Run Road, near the vicinity of the Benner Elementary School.  All private wells tested contained various levels of nitrates. As a result of the testing of these private wells and hydrogeological work, we have located a major fault in the bedrock that has a relatively low level of nitrates.

We are currently planning the development of a municipal well along Raymonds Lane or Upper Seibert Road to serve our current customers. The well would be located near this fault in the bedrock to avoid higher nitrate levels and infrastructure would need to be constructed to connect to our existing water system at the Grove Park development. The location of the infrastructure may depend upon whether or not any of the homes in this area are interested in connecting to the public water system.

If you live in the Upper Seibert Road, Raymonds Lane or Willowbend Development areas and have any interest in connecting to our public water system please call our office at 814-355-4778 to discuss this further.

If you are interested in having the nitrate level of your well tested, we can also assist you with having this testing completed. A typical test consists of determining the nitrate and nitrite levels in the sample. The current cost for this testing is $80.00 at Fairway Laboratories in Altoona. Fairway Laboratories completes most of the analytical testing for the public water systems in the surrounding area.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any details of our planning, please contact our office at 814-355-4778.

Grove Park Residents – Leak Detected – 05/15/2020

The Benner Township Water Authority has located a small leak on Aster Avenue. The maintenance crew will be making a temporary repair to the line and residents along Aster Avenue will experience a slight decrease in water pressure.

A permanent repair will need to be made at a later date which will result in water being shut off. Our Authority office will give plenty of notice before this takes place.

Thank you for your patience.

Benner Township Water Authority

Grove Park Generator

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 – Update

Grove Park Generator

Grove Park Generator

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.

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.

Water Usage Facts

Water usage facts that you probably did not know in regards to how much your daily tasks are actually using.
  • Older toilets use 3.5 gallons per flush
  • Dishwashers use 7 gallons per cycle
  • Washing dishes by hand uses roughly 20 gallons
  • It takes about 30 gallons to fill the bath tub, taking a shower uses less water
  • Swimming pools naturally lose about 1,000 gallons per month due to evaporation

Water Usage Table

Other Related Links:

5 Facts about Water Use In your Home by Allstate

Residential Water Usage Facts by Katy News

Indoor Water Use At Home by Grace Communications Foundation

Statistics and Facts by EPA

100 Amazing Water Facts You Should Know by Seametrics

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



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

BTWA Right-To-Know