WEST CHESTER (November 25) – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has agreed to his request to extend the deadline to December 22 for residents to submit public comment on Artesian Water’s application to expand service to an additional portion of New Garden Township.
Dinniman requested the extension in light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and Artesian’s plans to make public the results of the aquifer test it conducted on the well in question (located at Broad Run and Newark Roads) on Monday, December 1.
“I want to thank the PUC commissioners for extending the public comment period to ensure that everyone potentially affected by this project has an opportunity to weigh in,” Dinniman said. “If you live in New Garden or the surrounding area, I encourage you to make your voice heard on this issue by contacting the PUC. I also urge you to come out to the New Garden Township meeting on Monday, December 1.”
Public comment to the PUC must be postmarked by December 22 and must include Docket Number A-2014-2451241. Letters should be sent to the following mailing address:
PA Public Utility Commission
P.O. Box 3265
Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
Comments can also be submitted online via the PUC’s electronic filing system.
Artesian Water recently 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.
Artesian representatives will share the results of that test at a meeting before the New Garden Township Board of Supervisors set for Monday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at the Avondale Fire Company.
Dinniman also 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.
“I have heard from numerous residents, as well as those in agricultural and industrial sectors, who are extremely concerned about this project,” Dinniman said. “Their overriding concern involves the potential for Artesian to pump water from a local well over the state line to its tens of thousands of customers in Delaware. My constituents are rightfully concerned about the possibility of such a project and we have a right to get straight answers from Artesian. After all, this is a company that stands to make a significant sum of money from a natural resource that we all rely on.”