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Ongoing and Upcoming TOFA Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming TOFA Projects


Water Main Lining Project


As the result of a bidding process, TOFA has awarded a contract to J. Fletcher Creamer & Sons to line the water mains on the 600 and 700 blocks of Chatham, Beaumont and Auburn Roads and Duneden Road beginning in the spring of 2016. The cleaning and lining of these cast iron water mains with a cement product will impede the corrosion that has been the primary source of elevated iron levels in the water conveyed to certain residences and the source of discolored water experienced on these streets. A second water main lining project in another section of the TOFA service district is planned for 2017.


TOFA staff has been testing the “curb-stop” valves in certain front lawns to ensure they are working properly, especially during the upcoming water main lining project. If your curb-stop is found to be faulty, you will receive a notice that a crew will soon be working in your front lawn to make the needed repairs. If your curb-box needs repair, you may experience momentary water supply interruptions while the repairs are underway.


Prior to the start of this project, a public meeting will be held to provide information about the project and how customers may be impacted.  Customers will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and to express any concerns.


Iron Sequestration  Pilot Project


The Iron Sequestration Pilot Project became operational in late February of this year at TOFA’s New Falls water supply interconnection. The pilot project was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The purpose of the pilot project is to boost levels of the anti-corrosion chemical zinc polyphosphate in TOFA’s water supply, thereby lowering visible iron. This is the same additive introduced by TOFA’s water suppliers at their filtration/treatment plants. This chemical compound has a tendency to diminish in the water supply as the water moves further away from the filtration/treatment plant.


Water samples from the New Falls interconnection and from nearby customers were drawn and analyzed at the time the pilot project became operational and again approximately one month later. The results were promising. Although none of the nearby customers’ original samples exceeded the U.S. EPA’s Secondary Maximum Contaminant Level for Iron, all of the second round sampling results for iron showed dramatic reductions. Regular sampling for iron levels will be expanded as the zinc polyphosphate levels increase throughout TOFA’s water supply system.


About Lead in Drinking Water – TOFA Sampling


Lead in drinking water and its harmful effects on human health has become of increasing concern for water suppliers and customers in recent months. Although TOFA is only required to test for lead in its water supply system every three years (TOFA’s next round of required testing will occur during the summer of 2016), it has recently offered to test certain customers’ drinking water for lead, free-of-charge.


While only a few customers have taken advantage of the offer, I am happy to report that none of the sample results indicate lead levels above the U.S. EPA action level. This does not surprise us since the primary source of lead in drinking water is customers’ plumbing materials (certain types of pipe and solder, for example) and there are no Lead pipes in the TOFA water distribution system. Additional information on lead in drinking water can be accessed on the U.S. EPA website by typing “EPA Lead in Drinking Water” in the search box of your preferred search engine (e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.).


Thank you for your continuing interest in TOFA’s activities and for your patience as we work to address customers’ concerns.