RAWA enacts mandatory water conservation for Reading Water System

Update: Over the past 4 days, RAWA has made significant improvement in the reservoirs and tank levels. The Maiden Creek Filtration Plant is now producing normal supplies of water. Reading Area Water Authority has now lifted the 15% Mandatory Water Conservation order. The levels at the reservoirs and tanks have reached capacity and the quantity issues are resolved.

“Your conservation efforts are having a significant impact on our ability to refill the reservoirs and tanks to normal levels. We are continuing the 15% mandatory conservation order to maintain our success” said RAWA in a statement Thursday afternoon.

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Once all tanks and reservoirs reach normal capacity, RAWA said they will notify customers. “We sincerely appreciate each and every customers cooperation and support.
As a reminder current conditions are strictly a quantity issue and there is absolutely no problems or concerns with the quality of water being produced. Again thank you for your patience.”

Original post: The Reading Area Water Authority announced Tuesday afternoon that it has implemented a mandatory 15% water use restriction for the Reading Water System.

Over the past week, RAWA has been experiencing difficulties producing ample amounts of water at the plant to maintain high levels at reservoirs and tanks.

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On Monday, RAWA announced they have experienced some improvements in the ability to produce a larger quantity of water, but are not producing enough to recover from normal high usages. They advised residents they may experience low water pressure as a result of current conditions.

RAWA also noted that the quality of the water is not effected by this condition, it is safe to use.

On Tuesday, RAWA stated that tank levels are at critically low levels, with crews working cohesively with the Reading Fire Department and also the Berks County Emergency Services to provide adequate supplies in case of a fire.

According to RAWA, the issue stems from its Maiden Creek Filter Plant, where it is unable to filter enough water. To compensate, the Western Berks Water Authority has been supplying resources where possible.

“We need your help. We urge you to urgently conserve water during this time” said a statement on RAWA’s website.

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