Apr. 29, 2013

HARRISBURG --  Reps. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) have announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will soon issue a grant to Horsham Township to provide an alternative long-term water supply to properties that have been contaminated with a chemical that is a threat to human health.

The properties impacted are along Limekiln Pike, Grindleton Lane, Davis Grove Road, and Park Road.

“I am pleased DEP stepped in to remedy a situation that is dangerous to the health of those in the area and to our environment,” Stephens said.

“I want to thank DEP for treating this with the seriousness it requires and for helping the people of Horsham,” Murt said.

In 2011, DEP discovered chemicals, like the carcinogenic Tetrachloroethene, in private wells serving 40 residences.  Stephens and Murt interceded with DEP on the behalf of the community. 

At a community meeting, a majority of residents expressed interest in connecting to Horsham’s clean public water system.

This week, the office of Gov. Tom Corbett notified Stephens and Murt that $850,000 would be released to create an alternative water source.

William Walker, Horsham Township manager, reported “The property owners with contaminated wells in this area have been on bottled water for two years. Their quality of life has been turned upside down. The public waterline extension will provide safe and dependable potable water service.”

Walker thanked DEP and Reps. Stephens and Murt for working on obtaining this grant and helping the residents of this area of the township. 

“Without this grant funding the public waterline option would not have been affordable for the residents,” Walker said.

The Horsham Water and Sewer Authority has been designated by Horsham Township Council to oversee the water connection project that will serve as many as 35 homes in the Horsham community that have been impacted by PCE contamination. 

“The authority is pleased to be moving forward with the project design and looks forward to the opportunity to provide water service where there is such a fundamental need,” said Tina O'Rourke, business manager for Horsham Water and Sewer Authority.  “We are targeting for construction commencement early this summer.”

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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