North Reading in Danger of Losing Water Service, Public Works Director Says

North Reading in Danger of Losing Water Service, Public Works Director Says

Dan Kelly | Reading Eagle

The Reading Area Water Authority is in crisis mode.

Water crews and at least four engineers were putting their heads together at the monthly RAWA board meeting Tuesday, trying to come up with a plan to replace two huge water mains under Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township that feed much of the north end of the city.

RAWA Chairman Ralph Johnson said the combination of three main breaks in the two water mains under Route 61 – one 30 inches, the other 36 inches – record rainfall and cast iron pipes each more than 100 years old could spell disaster for RAWA customers.

“The ultimate crisis we need to prepare for now is if both mains break,” Johnson said…(Read the full story)

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