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Grant to be used for water line

| Saturday, May 18, 2002

A $20,000 state grant will help the Washington Township Municipal Authority replace a section of troublesome water line.

Plant manager Ron Deitch said an 800-foot section of 6-inch transmission line on Delmont and Second streets has broken about six times in the past six years.

The line, installed in the 1950s, connects to the Lynwood reservoir and services 13 buildings, Deitch said.

The project to replace the line should begin in July and take about 10 days, Deitch said.

Customers in the area would not lose water service during the work, Deitch said.

Deitch said the authority has replaced other lines installed in the 1930s and the Lynwood line was on the authority's schedule.

But, the state's money quickened the process, Deitch said.

The grant came to the authority through the state Department of Environmental Protection's Project to Assure Safe Water program.

"It just came up and the township got it for us," Deitch said. "We haven't really had a grant in a good while. I'd like to get one about every month. Every little bit helps."

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