Client: Greencastle Area, Franklin County Water Authority
Location: Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania
The Greencastle Area, Franklin County Water Authority has experienced steady increases in demands due to population growth and relatively long periods of drought. The changing atmosphere heightened the Authority’s awareness of the importance of planning to preserve the quality and quantity of its existing and future supply sources.
Our firm assisted the Authority in securing a state grant for source water protection development, developing a source water protection plan, securing an education grant, developing source water protection education tools, performing hydrogeological services to identify and develop a new community water well supply, securing a DCNR grant for acquisition of land to further protect the new well source, and designing the new well and facilities. The source water protection plan defines protection areas for the Authority’s five springs and three wells. The plan also identifies the local hydrogeological framework, spring and well water quality information, potential contaminant sources within the system area, contingency planning, and the Authority’s management of and commitment to protecting its sources of public water supply.
Several unique characteristics caused the Authority to recognize its need for source water protection planning of all of its sources. The demand for developable land in this area puts extreme stress on the ground water recharge areas. The nature of the carbonate aquifers causes sinkhole activity, which provides pathways for contaminants to quickly reach water-bearing zones. The agricultural nature of current land use requires constant monitoring of chemical applications that may impact water quality. All of these issues are critical to protect the sustainability of drinking water supplies.
- Source water protection
- Geophysical site investigation
- Well site evaluation
- Water availability analyses
- PADEP pre-drilling plan
- PADEP pumping test plan
- Test and production well drilling
- Aquifer testing
- Groundwater sustainability
- Grant application and administration
- Well design
- Land development/subdivision plan preparation