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Palmyra injection well to be investigated

Written by Merriell Moyer/Lebanon Daily News | Mar 28, 2016 1:17 AM
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Flooding at the intersection of E Arch and N Prince is a concern in Palmyra.(Photo: Michael K. Dakota, Lebanon Daily News)

(Palmyra) -- Palmyra Borough Council unanimously approved a proposal from ARM Group, Inc., Hershey, to perform a study on injection well four located at East Arch Street between North Duke Street and North Prince Street.

The proposed study, which will be charged to the borough's capital reserve budget under storm sewer construction, will not exceed $11,500 according Palmyra Borough Manager Roger Powl.

"The problem in that location is there is an existing well there that is very shallow, and the amount of water that inundates that area is just a lot of water," Powl said. "The well can't take it, so there is always a flooding issue there."

The roadway has flooded over during heavy rains in the past, even to the point that motorists would drive into it and find themselves trapped in the flood waters, Powl said. Other injection wells in the borough have been taken care of over the years, and Powl said it is time for this one to be looked at too.

ARM Group is going to investigate the existing well in the current location to see if it can be drilled to a larger diameter and a deeper depth, so it can handle a greater amount of water, according to Powl.

"If that's not feasible they, will try to locate somewhere in the very near vicinity on Arch Street where a new, big capacity well can be drilled," Powl said. "Either way, hopefully, that situation will be taken care of."

The study will be a fact finding mission to see what is going on underground before moving forward with any kind of drilling, Powl said.

"This proposal doesn't get us anywhere for drilling or anything, so that will be a separate, future proposal," Powl said.

*This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between WITF and the Lebanon Daily News.

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