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November 25, 2013

Hooversville water plan put on hold

DAVIDSVILLE — A plan to bring Quemahoning Pipeline water to Hooversville was tabled Monday by the water authority that would deliver the water.

Conemaugh Township’s municipal authority said it wants assurance Hooversville will replace 1,700 feet of aging authority pipeline in the Benson area, saying they worry the extra flow the project would bring would be too much for the line.

“It’s a bad section of pipe,” authority Chairman John Mastillo said, noting that the authority, as a contracted water supplier, would have to pay costs to upkeep water lines into Hooversville. “We just can’t sign this unless we know that line is going to be replaced. Otherwise, it could really come back to haunt us.”

The line runs through Benson and the village of Blough on its way to Hooversville, whose system is in poor shape.

The Somerset County General Authority approved a plan last week that would allow Hooversville to tap into its Que line through Conemaugh Township’s water system. But Hooversville and the Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority must also approve the plan before it can move forward.

Hooversville Councilman Ken Karashowsky said he and fellow borough officials will review the proposed contract at tonight’s regularly scheduled council meeting.

He said the pipeline in question may also be discussed.

“I’d be concerned, too, if we were being supplied water by that pipe,” he said.

The borough was told county Community Development Block Grant assistance would be allocated toward that work, noting that Somerset County officials view the local water project itself as an important one.

“My impression is that money is still available,” he said.

Through a proposed agreement, water would be sold at $2.25 per 1,000 gallons – the price given for the Jefferson Township-Bakersville connection, county Solicitor Dan Rullo said at the time. Conemaugh Township’s municipal authority would collect 90 cents for each 1,000 gallons of water  – or 40 percent – from it in transmission fees.

“Other than the line, the contract looks pretty good,” Mastillo said. “We just don’t want this to be a burden on our customers. If that line broke, it would take 10 years before we’d recoup the money from this project just to pay for it.”

David Hurst covers Conemaugh Township for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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