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Last update on January 20, 2017
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has moved Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder and Union Counties from a drought watch to a drought warning status. While recent precipitation over the past few weeks has helped dry conditions in the eastern part of the state, Central Pennsylvania continues to have a 90-day precipitation deficit of up to 4 inches as well as low groundwater and stream levels.
DEP strongly encourages that everyone in the drought warning area voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10 - 15 percent and suggests the following steps for citizens to take to voluntarily reduce their water use:
1. Run water only when necessary.
2. Don't let the faucet run while brushing your teeth or shaving.
3. Shorten the amount of time you let the water run to warm up before you shower. Use a bucket to catch the water and then reuse it to water your plants.
4. Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
5. Check for household leaks. A leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day.
6. Replace older appliances with high-efficiency models. A front-loading washing machine can use about 30 percent less water and 40 to 50 percent less energy.
7. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures and aerators on faucets.
Additional recommendations for residential, commercial and industrial users can be found on the DEP Drought Information website.
Should it become necessary, the PA Emergency Management Council can proclaim a drought emergency, which could result in mandatory bans on nonessential water use and possibly water rationing. Careful use of our resources now can help prevent, or at least delay, the need for emergency measures later.
PTMA Meeting Agenda...
The Penn Township Municipal Authority will hold it's next monthly meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the PTMA office at 7:00 p.m. An agenda has been posted.
4th Quarter 2016 Billing...
The 4th quarter 2016 water and sewer bills have been mailed to our customers. To avoid late fees, please be sure to submit your payment on or before Friday, January 27, 2017.
The Northumberland National Bank (NNB) Hummels Wharf Office located at 87 Lori Lane in Hummels Wharf (behind Lowe's) and the Selinsgrove Office located at 411 N. Market Street in downtown Selinsgrove, accepts PTMA water and sewer bill payments. Please remember that we do not accept water and sewer bill payments at the PTMA office. If not paying at NNB, payments must be MAILED to: PTMA, P.O. Box 155, Selinsgrove, PA 17870. All mailed payments must be made in form of a check, money order or certified check. Cash is NOT accepted. To ensure that your payment is correctly applied to your PTMA account, please be sure to enclose your bar-coded stub located at the bottom of your invoice.
ATTENTION ALL PTMA SEWER CUSTOMERS...
Due to Recent sewer system blockages, we remind our customers that the disposal of Clorox wipes, baby wipes, cooking greases, oils, or fats into the PTMA sewer system is prohibited. Do NOT dispose of these items via your drains, toilets or garbage disposals! An empty coffee can kept in your refrigerator will solidify the oils for easy disposal with your household trash. All other items should also be disposed of with the normal household, facility or business trash, NOT dumped into the PTMA sewer system. We ask that you make a vigilant effort to dispose of cooking greases, oils, fats and other non-flushable products in the proper manner.
Attention PTMA Water Customers...
It has become increasingly difficult for the PTMA Water Operators to read some of our customer's water meters due to overgrown shrubs and bushes located in front of the meter touch read pads. A water meter touch read pad is a black oval plastic pad attached to the exterior of the home, which allows PTMA operators to read the water meter without entering the home. PTMA operators must be able to easily access all meter touch read pads. Please be sure that the meter touch read pad, located on the exterior of your home, is easily accessible and clear of bushes or shrubs.