WEST CHESTER (December 23) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that, like many New Garden-area residents, he has signed up as an official party of record in Artesian Water’s application to expand service to an additional portion of New Garden Township.
Official-party or “intervener” status gives Dinniman the ability to participate directly in specific upcoming PUC proceedings, in this case, Docket A-2014-2451241, Artesian’s application to expand its service in New Garden.
Dinniman also said he is confident that a public input hearing will be scheduled in the New Garden area as soon as an Administrative Law Judge is assigned to the case.
“As state Senator for the 19th District, representing New Garden, Franklin and the surrounding area, my constituents and I are deeply concerned about this application’s potential impact on their water supply,” Dinniman wrote in a December 16 letter officially protesting the application to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) Chairman Robert F. Powelson.
“The overriding concern is that this is the first step in Artesian pumping water from the Broad Run well over the state line to its tens of thousands of customers in Delaware – something Artesian has expressed interest in doing in the past,” he added.
In addition, Pennsylvania Consumer Advocate Tanya McCloskey has also become an official intervener in the case.
Artesian Water filed an application to expand its public water service to several properties owned by the Wilkinson family on Buttonwood, Broad Run and Newark roads in Landenberg, as well as nine properties set for development by Charles Wilkinson.
Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection granted Artesian the temporary right to drill at the site of its well located at Broad Run and Newark roads in Landenberg – property it purchased from the Wilkinson family several years ago. In the spring, Artesian conducted a 72-hour aquifer test at the well site, extracting more than 600,000 gallons of water from the well at a rate of 200 gallons per minute, to determine its capacity.
Dinniman said he continues to work closely with local residents concerned about the possibility of Artesian piping water from the well across the state line to Delaware and its potential impact on their water supply.