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By Al Lowe
Contributing Writer 

PAWC to make changes at booster station


Pennsylvania American Water representatives held a meeting June 10 at the Carrick public library to inform residents of an upcoming construction project at the site of their booster station at the intersection of Knox and Arlington avenues.

The purpose of the meeting was to "give residents an opportunity to learn about the temporary impact the project will have and the permanent improvement Pennsylvania American Water will make on their neighborhood," said Gary Lobaugh, the company's manager of external affairs. Company reps had already mailed out letters and knocked on doors to inform neighbors about the work. He said 20 residents live in the vicinity of the building.

"Pennsylvania American Water and Kokosing Construction Company will make every attempt to keep disruptions at a minimum during construction," he said. Work has been scheduled for the next six or seven months and representatives of local trade unions have been hired. More than 20 workers are assigned to the project expected to cost $120,000.

A new addition will expand the red brick building. Also, shrubbery chosen next spring by the urban forester and a new sidewalk will be added. "When all is said and done, it will look a lot nicer," said Jay Lucas, the water company's project manager.

The booster station will receive new chemical and storage feed facilities and will eliminate the necessity of outside tanks.

"There will be no disruption of service," said Thomas DeMarco, contractor for Kokosing. Work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

"There will be no work on the streets. No jackhammer. No more noise than what you get when someone builds an addition to a house. Port Authority buses are louder," Mr. Lucas said.

The water company commonly refers to the site as the Mount Washington Booster Station, although it is located in the Allentown section of the city.

"This station has always been designed as an emergency connection and has worked out really well," Mr. Lucas said. "It doesn't pump regularly. We never know if we are going to need it."

Jason Kottler of the Hilltop Alliance Vacant Property Group attended the meeting and suggested the community become involved in the planting of the shrubs.

The renovations to the station are a small but important part of a much larger improvement project.

Other work on the approximately $101 million project


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