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#NewtownPA Artesian Water Company Given Planning Commission Nod For New PFAS Filtration Building

#NewtownPA Artesian Water Company Given Planning Commission Nod For New PFAS Filtration Building | Newtown News of Interest |

At its 19 March 2024 public meeting, Newtown Planning Commission gave its unanimous support to the Newtown Artesian Water Company (NAWC) and its plans for a building addition at its plant on Frost Lane to filter out harmful PFAS contaminants from the system’s drinking water.


The company is seeking a special exception and variances to build a 2,000-square-foot, two-story addition onto its Utility Operating Facility, including related driveway and parking improvements.


With PFOS and PFAS contamination spreading out from the Willow Grove Naval Air Station to Montgomery and Bucks counties, the Newtown water system is planning to add a new filtration system.


[See this NAWC Q2 2022 chart (the latest I have) showing PFAS levels in its water wells:]


“We need a rear yard variance for the addition. There’s a 60-foot requirement. We’re about 36 feet. There’s also a 50-foot buffer on top of that for the driveway and the building," NAWC told the planners. "We asked for a height variance so that we could design an addition that looks more residential and in keeping with the neighborhood. It’s not something you’re going to readily see from the road but we thought the effort was worth it."


The utility said the relief being requested from the zoning board is the minimum necessary "to afford reasonable use of the property considering the existing and threatened contamination of the public water system. What is proposed is in keeping with the character of the neighborhood ... What is proposed is not adverse to public health, safety and welfare, but in furtherance of it."


Construction is scheduled to begin in 2025 with an opening in 2026.


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