Aqua to construct a treatment facility for North Hills well

Aqua Pennsylvania announced on November 5th that it has received approval for a PENNVEST loan that will be used to construct a treatment facility at its North Hills well in Upper Dublin Township. The treatment facility will remove Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), which are a part of the PFAS family of chemicals. Aqua removed this well from service in July 2018 due to test results involving those chemicals.

Since 2018, Aqua and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection conducted studies that showed that the proposed resin treatment system would provide the desired treatment. Aqua President Marc Lucca said, “This is another example of meeting commitments we’ve made to the community regarding the presence of PFAS.” The project includes constructing new ion exchange contactors and related well station improvements to accommodate the new treatment.

The above map created in 2018 by Abington Township Commissioner Michael J. Thompson shows the areas previously served by the North Hills well. The map is based on text info provided by Aqua, but has not been reviewed by Aqua. Consider it an approximation.