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December 12, 2013

Hooversville cleared to buy water from Conemaugh Township

SOMERSET — Who will sell drinking water to Hooversville?

That was one of the questions the Somerset County General Authority sought to answer when it met Thursday with two members of Hooversville Borough Council.

Up until now, Hooversville was uncertain if it would buy water from Somerset County or Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority.

The county sells water to Conemaugh Township to sell to its customers – not municipalities.

That has changed.

“We’re willing to waive the condition that (Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority) can only sell to their own customers, so it can sell to another municipality,” said Daniel Rullo, Somerset County solicitor.

That eased concerns of Hooversville Council President Kenneth Karashowsky.

“Whether it was my own oversight or somebody else’s, we were not aware of them waiving Conemaugh Township’s ability to sell bulk water to Hooversville,” he said after the meeting. “We’ll be going  back to Conemaugh Township and have discussions about them selling us water rather than going through the county.”

There is no timetable for providing water from the Que pipeline to Hooversville.

Karashowsky came away from the meeting hopeful it will happen soon.

“I’m a little more optimistic now,” he said.

County Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes reinforced the county’s commitment to the project.

“We stand as committed today as we did in May to getting water to the residents of Hooversville,” she said. “That is our only goal.”

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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