In October 2016 Harmar Water bid out the installation of a new high service pump for the treatment plant. The new pump will be installed with a variable frequency drive that will allow the pump to run more efficiently. As the demand changes the drive will adjust the pump to increase or decrease pumping. It will also reduce electrical costs related to pumping. We anticipate the pump to be installed in the Spring of 2017.
We applied for a grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. We were approved by the Allegheny County Economic Development. The work will include a new addition to the treatment plant. This addition will have a caustic containment area that will allow for proper storage of our caustic soda used in the treatment process.
Changes to chapter 109.710 Safe Drinking Water Rule:
The PA DEP has proposed changes to the Safe Drinking Water Rule to increase residual chlorine disinfectant from .02 to .2 mg/l. This will ensure proper disinfection throughout the distribution system. We have increased our chlorine feed at the treatment plant in order to comply with these regulations. Click the link below for more inform ation regarding the changes.
New Ozone System Installation
In 2019 Harmar Water Authority purchased a new Ozone Treatment System from De Nora Water Technologies Inc. The employees of Harmar Water installed the system with assistance from De Nora in 2020. The operation of the ozone system was approved by the PA DEP in August 2020, and is now in operation. The system is utilized for the water treatment process. The ozone is used as an oxidizer for the Iron and Manganese in the raw well water. It is also used for disinfection in combination with chlorine added to the finished water.
Emergency Generators: Completed
To comply with new PA DEP regulations we have recently installed emergency generators at our booster station and treatment plant. The generators will allow us to have a constant supply of water to our system even in the event of an area wide power outage.