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New drinking water system debated in Bangor Area School District

By Joe McDonald, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 25 2013 11:28:34 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 26 2013 06:03:16 AM CST
BANGOR, Pa. -

Two engineering proposals for a major upgrade to the drinking water systems for the Bangor Area School District’s Five Points Richmond Road Campus in Upper Mount Bethel Township were discussed Monday night but no action was taken.

The proposals, one from Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. of Allentown, the other from Pennoni Associates Inc. of Philadelphia, are about $9,000 apart with Pennoni coming in with a promise to design the system for no more than $85,500, possibly less.

The idea to upgrade the drinking water system surfaced about five years ago when there was a problem with a well at the middle school, said school board director Michael Goffredo.

The well problem left the school with no water, and the school district with the realization there was no redundancy in the water system for any of the schools.

The district was also confronted with water quality standards that Goffredo said, were “borderline.” “We’ve been kicking this around for a long time,” he said.

Toni Lynch, another school board member, agreed the time had come to replace the old system. “My view is it can’t get done fast enough,” Lynch said.

But no decision was made after school board director Ken Brewer asked for more time to study the two engineering proposals.

According to Pennoni’s proposal, construction of the new water supply system would be completed during the summer recess by Aug. 18. The company estimated field work would last about 10 weeks.