Snyder addresses boil water advisory with new EDWA board

State and local officials working to fix local water system

CARMICHAELS, April 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, met with members of the East Dunkard Water Authority board this week to discuss necessary steps to lift the Boil Water Advisory currently mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection.

“I commend the new members of the board who have dedicated a large portion of their time to addressing decades of neglect to the system and the authority as a whole,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with them and reaching a permanent solution in the near future.”

In attendance were EDWA board members Tracy Pekar, Mark Blaker, Gary Moser and Paul Bierer, as well as the authority’s new engineer, and Snyder with her staff. Pekar, Blaker and Moser were named to the board in the last three months, as was Jerry Dorsey, who was not at the meeting.

“As new members of this board, we are laser focused on delivering clean water to the customers of EDWA,” Pekar said. “We’re working tirelessly to find the funding to fix the many issues with the system, bring the authority into the 21st century, and give the customers the clean water they deserve.”

EDWA has several applications pending at the state and local levels for more than $3 million in funding to repair dysfunctional parts of the system so that the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority can begin supplying clean drinking water.

“I’m committed and eager to secure the necessary state funds so that this system can deliver water that is safe to consume,” Snyder said.

“It’s important that customers understand these new board members are working with everyone they can to resolve this as quickly as possible,” Snyder said. “The only way to fix the years of neglect is by working together, and that’s exactly what we’re doing now.”

The EDWA board is hosting weekly public meetings at the office in Dilliner as it explores solutions to the high turbidity, and examines options for a permanent solution.

“This current board didn’t create these problems,” Snyder said. “But they must be applauded for stepping up to try and fix them.”

The authority serves approximately 1,600 customers in six different townships in southeastern Greene County. EDWA has been under a Boil Water Advisory since March 11 for high turbidity in the water. It is the second BWA issued this year.