Further Reading main breaks send more sewage into Schuylkill

    More breaks in a Reading sewage main means more sewage dumped into the Schuylkill River.

    That has Pottstown a little concerned, since the raw sewage being dumped into the water is upstream from the town’s drinking water intake.

    The pike broke twice following Hurricane Irene and once fixed itself when debris clogged a break, but more breaks in the 60-year-old main means Pottstown will continue to add chlorine to its pre-treatment.

    The Mercury reports the borough has already decided to bill Reading for the additional chemicals, tests and man hours needed to check the water’s cleanliness. A federal-ordered replacement of a portion of the main is in its design phase.

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