Waterline expansion project for homes in Clearfield County

Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, Pa - Clean water is one of those things taken for granted. However, in Clearfield County it's not accessible for many families.
"The water quality went from next to nothing, to nothing," explains Lawrence Township Supervisor Bill Lawhead. 

Homes in Lawrence Township rely on wells for their water instead of a local municipality. However, the water's still unusable. Lawhead says families must rely on store bought jugs for drinking water, and laundry mats instead of water from their home. "Red water, staining clothes, wells were dry, what water they do have is definitely not fit for drinking."  

Many of the problems relate to coal mines. Pennsylvania has the most abandoned coal mines in the country. It's an important part of the state's history. "Our coal from Clearfield County and other areas in the district, we changed the nation," explains Congressman Glen Thompson. 

However, it's also the reason behind problems with the Lawrence Township water. "It left a lot of scars. A lot of scarred lands, a lot of scarred water," adds Representative Thompson.  

The fix? The Pine Grove North  Waterline Project. Around 70,000 ft. of water line will be added, helping bring water to 148 homes in the area. 

Lawhead says it will resolve many of the problems residents face. "Now they're going to be able to do clothes at home. Their kids are going have drinking water there at the house. They'll be able to cook with the water without their faucet. 

The township hopes the residents will benefit from the outcome, however,  they will have to endure some digging near their front lawns. The project could span two years. 

"It'll be a mess. It'll be a year or two of dirt and mud flying all over the place but with that being said in the end, things are going to be a lot better," says Lawhead.

Groundbreaking is expected to begin in Spring 2018.
 


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