CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the county’s 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.
The county’s CDBG allocation is $274,568, of which $225,146 will assist the Westover Municipal Authority with water improvements. The other $49,422 will go towards administration of the grant.
Lisa Kovalick, Redevelopment Authority director, said WMA has undertaken a $498,151 project, using these funds as well as others from ARC ($158,614); DEP PES ($51,710); and WMA ($62,681).
Currently, she said WMA has a single supply source and a small water filtration plant, which filters reservoir water on Rogues Harbor Run.
She said Rogues Harbor Run is a pristine water source in terms of water quality and is classified as an “exceptional value” (EV) stream, or the highest water quality stream in Pennsylvania.
Kovalick said the threats to the water source are limited due to forested land, but continual droughts and storms do have an impact on the stream.
She noted that Rogues Harbor Run is a natural reproducing trout stream that flows into Chest Creek, another natural reproducing and stocked trout stream.
“The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission requires that a minimum flow of water must be maintained in Rogues Harbor Run to maintain quality downstream,” Kovalick explained.
“During drought and low-flow conditions or periods of high demand, it doesn’t produce enough water to meet the community’s water needs and F&BC pass-by flow requirements.
“Since Rogues Harbor Run is the only source of supply, there currently aren’t any options available other than instituting severe water restrictions, or violating pass-by flow permit conditions.”
Kovalick went on to say that: “additional sources of supply are needed to reduce or lower daily withdrawals from Rogues Harbor Run during low-flow periods.”
Rogues Harbor Run is surface water, she said, and therefore high in organic material and when waters – high in organic compounds – are treated with Chlorine, Disinfection By-products form.
Specific Disinfection By-products include Halo-acetic Acids (HAA5) and Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM). HAA5s and TTHMs are associated with an elevated risk of cancer.
“Thus, the EPA/DEP requires all water systems to regularly monitor for those compounds,” Kovalick said. “Drinking water with high levels of these compounds violate the Safe Drinking Water Act.
“An alternative source of water that is low in organic compounds (well water) is needed to blend with the Rogues Harbor Run water to lower the overall DBP’s levels.”
Kovalick said developing well water as another source will address current water conditions but is still expected to require pre-treatment before being blended into the existing water system.
Also, the existing membrane tubes will need updated with the added well flow. Other water treatment…