Delay Water Plant Opening
Malfunctions are delaying the
opening of Emmitsburg's new $1.3 million water treatment
At the Monday town meeting,
Emmitsburg Mayor William H. Carr and Town Manager David
Haller explained that the plant's filters are largely
responsible for the shutdown. He said there were also
difficulties with the automatic and manual controls.
Carr bluntly told the Emmitsburg
Town Council, "We attempted to use the new plant
and it failed."
Town officials have decided to
crank up the old water treatment facility until the
problems can be resolved. Until the former plant goes
back online, which was estimated on Monday to take a few
days, the town will purchase half its water from Mount
St. Mary's College.
This is not the first delay for
the $1.3 million plant. In October 2000, construction
was postponed when the town was sued by the lowest
bidder, Howard Robson Inc. of Landisville, Pa., because
it was not awarded the contract. The town won the suit,
and second-lowest bidder Johnston Construction Co. of
Dover, Pa., began construction.
Representatives from the plant's
engineering company, construction firm and filter
manufacturer are in Emmitsburg trying to resolve the
problems. The filters at the new plant are being
cleaned, examined and reinstalled, and the engineers
expect to perform test runs next week, Haller said.
other news stories related to the
Emmitsburg Town Government