The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 9, 2012

Crews restore water service in New Berlin

NEW BERLIN — NEW BERLIN - Water service was restored Tuesday afternoon for borough residents, ending a dry spell of more than 24 hours that occurred after a pressure-reducing valve failed.

The valve failure caused the flow of water to overwhelm the municipal system and caused numerous leaks in pipes throughout the borough.

A boil-water advisory is still in effect, said Kurt Zimmerman, New Berlin Municipal Authority chairman.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is conducting water quality tests and indicated it will use a rapid-response phone system, a type of automatic phone call, to notify residents when the boil-water order is lifted, Zimmerman said.

It’s OK for residents to bathe and wash clothes in unboiled water, he said.

New Berlin is on a hillside, and two main water lines lead into New Berlin along Vine and Plum streets from reservoirs at the top of the hill, Zimmerman said.

Halfway down each main is a pressure-reducing valve that equalizes the water pressure. The valve on the Plum Street line failed, Zimmerman said, letting water come down at high pressure. Contractors also believe that valve kept releasing and closing, sending water into the lower end of town.

The nine leaks that occurred mainly were in the Market and Vine street areas, he said.

Union County Commissioner John Showers, a New Berlin resident, offered all available county services to the borough, said President Juli Finkbiner. Water stations were set up in several places for residents to fill containers for home use.

“We’re slowly turning it back on. We hope there are no other leaks,” said Mark Eisley, a supervisor and foreman with Gutelius Excavating Inc., of Mifflinburg, as he and coworkers tended to a water valve at Market and Vine streets, the borough’s main intersection, just after noon Tuesday.

Gutelius crews worked through the night and into Tuesday morning at various spots in New Berlin, digging trenches 9 feet long and nearly 4 feet deep to reach the problem pipes.

Water sprung up

One crew on New Berlin Mountain Road showed where two 11-inch diameter water pipes had been sealed, one of nine leaks that sprung up in the borough and which some residents said turned streets into fast-moving creeks.

“It was like a river coming down the street yesterday” from where a leak had popped up, said Matthew Swanger, who lives on High Street in a household of seven, three of them children. Despite the full house, Swanger said the water outage was a minor inconvenience.

“It’s been coming off and on this morning,” he said, “and the pressure has been really low, but it was working.”

Robert Taylor, who also lives on High Street, said the water in his house went off about noon Monday. He was pleased with the diligent response, which he observed from his home.

New Berlin’s water system is 60 to 70 years old, Zimmerman said. “The pipes aren’t brand-new, but usually our situations aren’t because of broken pipes,” he said. “It’s usually high pressure or a hydrant turned off too quickly, those create the problems more.”

The municipal authority doesn’t have any estimates yet for what this incident and its response will cost, he said.

Text Only
  • 28-mile cross walk steps off in Northumberland

    SUNBURY — Two “cross walks” this morning, including a 28-mile trek from Northumberland to Beaver Springs, are among the highlights of Easter activities and services in the Valley.

    April 18, 2014

  • rsstrike18a.jpg Picketing begins at 4 Danville schools

    [LAST UPDATED: 2:38 A.M., 4/18/14]

    DANVILLE — It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Line Mountain board, teachers to talk Tuesday

    MANDATA — Line Mountain school board President Troy Laudenslager is far more optimistic this week than he has been as the board and the Line Mountain Education Association head into their first contract negotiation session in three months.

    April 18, 2014

  • Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley

    Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly basis.

    April 18, 2014

  • Injured bicyclist can't believe car didn't stop

    SUNBURY — Brandon Reigle has one question for the driver and passengers who left him in the middle of the road after hitting the bicyclist with a car Wednesday: Why?

    April 17, 2014

  • Petitions target 'toxic few' on Midd-West board

    MIDDLEBURG — More than 400 names have been gathered on two petitions to remove a pair of Midd-West school directors after some members of the public claimed the district has been in disarray for quite some time.

    April 17, 2014

  • crash18.jpg Snyder County collision injures driver, kills two horses

    PORT TREVORTON — A car struck two horses on a rural road in Snyder County Thursday afternoon, injuring the driver and resulting in the death of the horses.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strike17.jpg Danville teachers hit picket lines

    DANVILLE - It started like any other school day during the year, with teachers up early and arriving at school at 7:30 in the morning.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Snook suspension now a mystery

    MIDDLEBURG — Acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook is confused about what the school board is alleging she did that led to her suspension without pay, saying she hasn’t received anything in writing. “Nothing I have been told by the board in any way makes me believe that I violated district policy or the law,” Snook said by email Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Danville teacher strike starts today

    DANVILLE — Nearly four hours of negotiations could not prevent the first teacher strike at Danville in decades.

    April 17, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.