UPDATE: Newville area water conservation request extended to Thursday morning
Customers served by Newville Borough Water and Sewer Authority are asked to conserve water through Thursday morning.
This is an extension of a 24-hour water conservation request issued around noon Tuesday to allow for the replenishment of water storage tank levels following a serious leak that began in the early morning hours that day. Borough Manager Fred Potzer said around 1 p.m. Wednesday that the water level did not rise as much as hoped.
NEWVILLE — Vandalism is the suspected cause behind an overnight water line leak that affected the Newville area Tuesday.
Because of the leak, Newville Borough Water and Sewer Authority requested around noon Tuesday that all customers in the borough of Newville, along with portions of West Pennsboro Township and North Newton Township served by the authority, conserve water over the next 24 hours.
Newville Borough Manager Fred Potzer said Tuesday afternoon that officials believe the serious leak started in the early morning hours Tuesday after someone stole the cover off a water meter pit at 14 Washington Street, and subsequently attempted to remove the valve and meter.
The property owner confirmed finding debris in the pit and the cover missing, Potzer said. He added that while water line leaks are more common during the winter, information gathered so far points to vandalism.
The leak caused the water level in a water storage tank to go down between 2 and 4 1/2 feet. Because of the increased population during the day in the area the authority serves due to Big Spring School District, Potzer said replenishment would really not begin until about 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The water conservation request is not expected to extend past the 24-hour point, Potzer said.
NEWVILLE – The Newville Borough Water and Sewer Authority has requested that all customers in the borough of Newville, along with portions of West Pennsboro Township and North Newton Township served by the authority, conserve water over the next 24 hours.
The announcement was made Tuesday around noon after a serious water leak occurred overnight.
The leak has depleted storage water supply levels. The authority is asking customers to voluntarily conserve water until the storage tank levels have been replenished.