PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
MAWC Continues to Monitor Reservoir Water
Water Test Results Normal; Sampling to Continue
(Feb. 13) NEW STANTON– The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC) continues to monitor the Beaver Run Reservoir’s water quality in response to CNX’s notification that they experienced a pressure anomaly on the Shaw 1G well.
Initial water sample results have shown no change from the normal levels found in the MAWC water supply.
A CNX contractor successfully remediated the well on Feb. 5.
Typically the routine program conducted by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) consists of many samples spread around the entire Reservoir and occurs on a quarterly basis. Samples are analyzed at IUP labs and certified outside laboratories.
When MAWC is alerted to pending hydraulic fracturing operations the sampling on the Beaver Run Reservoir is increased to a weekly basis ahead of the start of fracturing operations to have a baseline for comparison. Sampling continues on a weekly basis until fracturing operations have ceased.
Once MAWC was notified of the Shaw 1G well issue by CNX, the Authority’s sampling was increased to daily testing. Since the well was remediated, the sampling is now being done every two days. This will continue until all investigations surrounding this well are completed.
In addition, MAWC has on-line monitors at the George R. Sweeney Water Plant to continuously monitor the incoming water for indicators of potential contamination from well drilling. All results have shown no change to the normal levels.
CNX and MAWC implemented response measures to protect the water supply in the event that the situation with the well changed. Additional containment measures were deployed all around the reservoir. None of those measures proved to be necessary.
MAWC in conjunction with IUP will post all the data collected on the water supply as soon as all the sampling is completed. All data that is collected on the Reservoir supply is on the IUP website under their Beaver Run tab, and the link to that page can also be found under mawc.org/beaver-run-reservoir.