Case Study | May 10, 2010

Case Study: Hilltown Township, Pennsylvania Solves Arsenic, Iron And Manganese Problems With One System

Source: Severn Trent Services

Hilltown Township, Pennsylvania, lies in the western corner of historic Bucks County. Located about 35 miles north of Philadelphia, the Township is home to the rolling farmland and 200-year-old farmhouses that are so common in this part of the state. The nearby Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark housed in the nearly 200-year-old farmhouse that was Buck's home for 38 years, pays homage to the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian.

And, as the Hilltown Water and Sewer Authority can testify, the township also is the home to naturally occurring arsenic in its groundwater. When measured in early 2003, arsenic levels in surrounding groundwater measured 15 to more than 20 parts per billion (ppb). When the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the federal arsenic standard to a maximum contamination level of 10 ppb in drinking water beginning January 2006, the Authority had to act.

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