The Wellsboro Water System Improvements project was designed to both provide the means for connecting a new groundwater supply well proposed for development in the Wellsboro Junction area of Delmar Township to the Borough of Wellsboro, and public water service to approximately 84 developed commercial and residential properties in Delmar Township, and existing industry and industrial zoned properties.
Approximately 22,000 l.f. of 12-inch diameter ductile iron transmission line and 8-inch diameter ductile iron water line branches were designed to achieve this connection.
In addition, the Wellsboro Municipal Authority’s water system did not have adequate treated water storage to comply with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) public water supply requirements. A newly treated water storage tank with an effective capacity of over 800,000 gallons of water was designed for construction on Park Hill property.
An algal removal facility was designed to remove algae from water withdrawn from Hamilton Lake, the Authority’s emergency water source. This water source is used during dry periods when other water sources become less productive and cannot meet demand. In summer months, algae grow in the lake and are drawn into the water supply. The algae clog the sand filters at the Authority’s water filtration plant. As a result, the capacity of the sand filters is reduced, and the maintenance required for the sand filters is increased. Frequent clogging and cleaning prevent the sand filters from operating as designed, and increases the chance of pathogens passing through the sand filters. The algal removal facility was designed with in-line filtration equipment to capture algae, thereby, significantly reducing the amount of algae reaching the sand filters, improving the operation of the sand filters and reducing the maintenance required for the sand filters. The facility will consist of a new +/- 600-square foot building, which will house two in-line filters, each sized to handle the flow pumped from the Lake. The building will also house the backwash system, piping, valves, and controls required for the facility.