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East Dunkard Water Authority/Association

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P.O. Box 241
2790 South Eighty Eight Road
Dilliner, PA 15327
Phone: 724-943-3713
Fax: 724-943-4195

AFTER HOURS "EMERGENCY ONLY" NUMBERS: 724-998-0054 Or
Alternate numbers: 724-839-7536 or 724-998-5660

 

Our office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can pay your bill at the office during these hours. You may also inquire about your bill or discuss any service difficulties you may have during these hours.

Meetings are every First thursday of the month at 6:00pm and Special meetings usually fall on wednesdays when needed. Public notices are provided via the paper and or official social media as well as agenda posted 24 hours before meeting as required by sunshine act laws. 

EDWA (East Dunkard Water Authority)

BOARD MEMBERS 724-943-3401

Jerry Dorsey

Gary Moser
Paul Bierer

Craig Miller

John Coombs

Quick News for 2023. 

John coombs was appointed by dunkard township supervisors on January 3rd 2023. Letters of interest were looked at at the Township supervisors Reorganizational meeting. At edwa on January 5th, John coombs was put in as board member in executive session before the meeting on January 5th and then announced at the public meeting for our Community. Many of the community were very apppreciative of a new board member coming on for 2023. the recording is available on the meeting Minutes/ agenda and audio/video recording Page for the public meeting which was at 6:00pm on the January 5th 2023. 

The previous board members term ended Decmeber 31st 2022.

At the 2023 Reorginizational meeting for January 5th, 

The board agreed and a motion was made to hire a New solicitor for EDWA for 2023.

Makel and Associates is no longer solicitor for EDWA. 

The new solicitor is Lane Turturice.

The PUC fine towards customers was dropped from the billing at EDWA. It is currently and still being looked into by the PUC but no longer being charged to customers. A Hearing happened in early decemebr to discuss the ongoing litigation issues surrounding the fine. more information will be provided as information is provided.

 you can read the full spectrum of legal documents within this case on our page at public legal documents. 

EDWA and SWPA had to look into an emergency connection to suppy water due to the recent December winter storm to help fill tanks in our service area with the still ongoing issues with our distribution system that are still being addressed. The proper permits were provided to allow for this emergency. 

community members are doing self testing on the water to help in efforts. Jess ferreria has been assisting the community in these efforts aas well as many other areas. A huge thankyou to her and many others for all their continued efforts on the community side and to the staff at edwa for all their continued efforts. 

NOTE: All Public meetings are being recorded live on fb and also posted here on voice of dunkard since august 2022 and before. The sunshine act laws allow for this to provide full transparency to the community. 

please keep our community and the workers at EDWA in continued prayer. With God all things are possible. 

Important Links. See below. 

East Dunkard Water Authority bi-Laws

We are currently on a boil advisory until further notice. January 3rd 2023. more info is provided on the public page social media for EDWA. 

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Previous brief community notes from 2022. 

July 20th 2022
From Community: Water Leaks have conintued in lines from what many are seeing and saying. Brown water and over clorinated smell almost as if pool water continues to be an ongoing issue as well as many have issues with cleaning clothes, Water heaters breaking down and other appliances using water. Billing has been an issue but many are upset about calling and no one answering the phone at the Water company. We will keep you updated on chatter from community. that is all. 

July 29th  2022 we noticed a public facebook page for customer information was created. Very Good.  That is a step in the right direction and thank you. 

August 15th - 20th 2022 news: 
The community is currently looking at doing there own testing on water samples with the help of many whom have stepped up to help the community with testing.  we have continued to have issues with water on many fronts. We find the Customer service, response and transparency from some of our water company board members unacceptable and completely disrespectful to the community from some but not all. We are aware of the repairs, the money, the grants, and many other issues which we are continuing to monitor as a community. Further testing and research is ongoing and we are working with many on various fronts to ensure information is more transparent
and also that information is factual. that is all. 


September 2022 - A petition was started to end the PUC fine on customers bill which was due to start we were told in november. 

UPDATE: October 2022 - the total amount of signatures recieved totalled 1,203. way over the half of our customer service base of 1594 customers.

December 2022 - The community had put in to have a board member removed as of end of september 2022 and a petition was circulating. we recieved over 891 signatures to have that board member removed and intended to go through the courts. A clerical error discovered in december showed the board members term would end on december 31st 2022. All documentation and a video.audio recording was provided to show the information was correct, which was recorded at the time of the appointment in January 2022 at the supervisors appointment meeting. 

December 2022 - Efforts are still underway to ensure that all leaks and issues for the public are addressed.
 

Water Treatment

How Water Treatment Plants Make Water Safe

Public drinking water systems use different water treatment methods to provide safe drinking water for their communities. Public water systems often use a series of water treatment steps that include coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection.

Water treatment steps

Coagulation

Coagulation is often the first step in water treatment. During coagulation, chemicals with a positive charge are added to the water. The positive charge neutralizes the negative charge of dirt and other dissolved particles in the water. When this occurs, the particles bind with the chemicals to form slightly larger particles. Common chemicals used in this step include specific types of salts, aluminum, or iron.

Flocculation

Flocculation follows the coagulation step. Flocculation is the gentle mixing of the water to form larger, heavier particles called flocs. Often, water treatment plants will add additional chemicals during this step to help the flocs form.

Sedimentation

Sedimentation is one of the steps water treatment plants use to separate out solids from the water. During sedimentation, flocs settle to the bottom of the water because they are heavier than water.

Filtration

Once the flocs have settled to the bottom of the water, the clear water on top is filtered to separate additional solids from the water. During filtration, the clear water passes through filters that have different pore sizes and are made of different materials (such as sand, gravel, and charcoal). These filters remove dissolved particles and germs, such as dust, chemicals, parasites, bacteria, and viruses. Activated carbon filters also remove any bad odors.

Water treatment plants can use a process called ultrafiltration in addition to or instead of traditional filtration. During ultrafiltration, the water goes through a filter membrane with very small pores. This filter only lets through water and other small molecules (such as salts and tiny, charged molecules).

Reverse osmosisexternal icon is another filtration method that removes additional particles from water. Water treatment plants often use reverse osmosis when treating recycled waterexternal icon (also called reused water) or salt water for drinking.

Disinfection

After the water has been filtered, water treatment plants may add one or more chemical disinfectants (such as chlorine, chloramine, or chlorine dioxide) to kill any remaining parasites, bacteria, or viruses. To help keep water safe as it travels to homes and businesses, water treatment plants will make sure the water has low levels of the chemical disinfectant when it leaves the treatment plant. This remaining disinfectant kills germs living in the pipes between the water treatment plant and your tap.

In addition to or instead of adding chlorine, chloramine, or chlorine dioxide, water treatment plants can also disinfect water using ultraviolet (UV) light pdf icon[PDF – 7 pages]external icon or ozone pdf icon[PDF – 7 pages]external icon. UV light and ozone work well to disinfect water in the treatment plant, but these disinfection methods do not continue killing germs as water travels through the pipes between the treatment plant and your tap.

Water treatment plants also commonly adjust water pH and add fluoride after the disinfection step. Adjusting the pH improves taste, reduces corrosion (breakdown) of pipes, and ensures chemical disinfectants continue killing germs as the water travels through pipes. Drinking water with the right amount of fluoride keeps teeth strong and reduces cavities.

Surface water collects on the ground or in a stream, river, lake, reservoir, or ocean.

Ground water is located below the surface of the earth in spaces between rock and soil.

Water treatment differs by community

Water may be treated differently in different communities depending on the quality of the source water that enters the treatment plant. The water that enters the treatment plant is most often either surface water or ground water. Surface water typically requires more treatment and filtration than ground water because lakes, rivers, and streams contain more sediment (sand, clay, silt, and other soil particles), germs, chemicals, and toxins than ground water.

Some water supplies may contain radionuclides (small radioactive particles), specific chemicals (such as nitrates), or toxins (such as those made by cyanobacteria). Specialized methods to control or remove these contaminants can also be part of water treatment. To learn more, visit EPA’s Ground Water and Drinking Water siteexternal icon.

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