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Possible Water Shortage in Mansfield
MANSFIELD -- (WENY) Mansfield and surrounding communities are facing a possible water shortage, but a solution could be in the works. The Susquehanna River basin reached capacity and isn't issuing new connection permits. This has hindered development in the area, and local government and business leaders are trying to get the word out about the need for a solution.
Some have already started digging for one, like Ed Trask a developer planning on building over 200 housing units. He says he's run into some issues because he can't get municipal water, so instead he dug up his own wells. That cost him about $30,000-$40,000.
"If we hadn't found this water here, we'd be dead in the water in terms of building housing," says Trask.
Nearby Dunkin Donuts, and a new factory have followed suit and built their own wells as well.
Trask has teamed up with surrounding townships and boroughs, along with Mansfield University to form the Mansfield Regional Valley Group.
"There's a lack of water, plus there's pressure issue that needs to be addressed in some way," says David Flesch, the Secretary of the Richmond Township Planning Commission.
Blossburg Borough and Mansfield University have excess water and are willing to extend their system.
"What's good for the borough is good for the university, so we've entered into a dialogue with the borough to see if there's something we can do to assist the borough in their water supply needs," says Scott Williams, the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Mansfield University.
People like Trask are trying to get the word out about this issue, and are looking for a solution. They're hoping to raise awareness at an upcoming public meeting on Thursday at the Mansfield Fire House at 6:30 p.m.