Proposed Worcester Water Tank
North Penn Water Authority (NPWA) is proposing a new water tank in Worcester Township. The proposed water tank will be designed to look exactly like the existing grain silo at Merrymead Farm, including the shape and dark blue color, in order to be compatible with the agricultural character of the township.
Benefits of the Project:
- Enhanced fire protection and public safety
- Enhanced water quality in the area
- More consistent and reliable water pressure
(Photo rendering of proposed tank taken from the perspective of the driveway of the Techni-Tool property located at 1547 N. Trooper Road.)
Proposed Tank Specifications and Q&A:
Q: How tall will the tank be?
A: The tank will be 132 feet tall.
- Worcester Volunteer Fire Department has expressed interest in adding a communications antenna on top for in order to improve the emergency communications in the area. This would also avoid the need to construct a stand-alone communications tower for this purpose.
Q: Why a tank versus something at the ground level?
A: An elevated water storage tank relies solely on gravity to operate, so it is 100% reliable. In contrast, NPWA currently utilizes a booster pumping station located near the Peter Wentz Farmstead to provide the needed fire protection. However, service interruptions can occur due to a power loss or equipment failure, which could put fire protection in jeopardy, or could result in unacceptably low pressures in the system, potentially creating a water quality problem that could trigger a boil-water advisory. Instead, the gravity operation of an elevated water storage tank would prevent all those problems from ever occurring. This is a “fail-safe” design that is now considered the best practice in the water industry.
Q: Is the proposed tank going to promote further development in the area?
A: The tank will NOT promote additional development in the Township; the primary purpose of the proposed water tank is pressure reliability for our current customers, not added water volume to serve additional new customers.
Q: Why is this new tank necessary?
A: Pressure relibility and fire protection.
- Pressure reliability has a two-fold benefit; first, the tank will improve the day-to-day stability of existing water pressures in the system, preventing undesirable fluctuations; second, the tank will improve fire protection by providing the consistently reliable pressures that are needed to fight a fire.
Q: Why did you select this location for the tank?
A: Several factors including:
- Ground elevation high point
- Limited Industrial (LI) Zoning with a minimal number of residences in close vicinity
- Nearby proximity to our large size water transmission main piping to transport water in and out of the tank
The Techni-Tool site meets all of these criteria.
Q: Why did you condemn the the The Techni-Tool property?
A: Condemnation of the property became necessary only because the property owner was unwilling to cooperate with NPWA, despite the fact that we conducted a third-party real estate appraisal and made a fair financial offer to purchase the small part of their property that we need for tank construction. The property owner refused to enter into good-faith negotiations with us to arrive at a mutually agreeable purchase price. Condemnation became the action of last resort, and within our eminent domain rights as a municipal water supplier, because the project is critical and necessary for the public good.
Q: Is this tower going to benefit the Palmer Property at Center Point?
A: The tank will NOT serve the Palmer property at Center Point, since that site is located in a different pressure zone in our system.
For more information, please call 215-855-3617.