In Pennsylvania city, the poor are paying the price for a bad water deal
Beleaguered Coatesville sold its water system to a private company in hopes of fueling a turnaround that never came
July 13, 2015 5:00AM ET
by Aaron Miguel Cantú
OCTOBER 21, 2015
What your city can learn from the cost of water in Coatesville, Pa.
“Lastly, there is the growth in the area. Each of the municipalities the plant serves has various levels of growth anticipated for the future, Reed said. The plant was built to meet that growth.
The plant currently serves 60,000 direct customers and four bulk wastewater customers in the following municipalities: East Fallowfield, Caln, West Caln, Valley, Sadsbury, West Sadsbury, Highland, West Brandywine, Parkesburg and Coatesville...
The old plant processed 3.85 million gallons of wastewater a day. The new plant has three ‘screws,’ the term used for the mechanism that brings the effluent into the facility for treatment. Each of the screws can bring in 7 million gallons a day, said Rich Lutz, production supervisor of the Coatesville plant. Construction started in 2008.”
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By Gretchen Metz, Journal Register News Service
POSTED: 11/02/09, 12:01 AM EST | UPDATED: ON 11/02/2009
I wrote that the system processes about 3.85 million gallons of waste water a day. The system is over designed to support 7 million gallons of waste water a day.
I corrected it to say:
The system is over designed to support 21 million gallons of waste water a day.