Jenkintown officials investigate storm sewer contamination, source determined to be high school stadium

Jenkintown officials announced today that police officers and the fire marshal responded to the area of Greenwood and Glenside avenues at 12:58pm for a possible contamination of the creek from a
borough-operated storm sewer outlet.

An initial investigation suggested that a cleaning solution that had been released into the storm sewer. With the assistance of Public Works, officials determined that the solution was coming from the Jenkintown School District stadium after the district’s hired contractor had cleaned its seating area.

Officials said the only affected area at this time is the stream where the fluids drained.

“This appears to be an accidental release into the storm sewer system only, and the clean water system of the Borough does not appear affected,” police chief Thomas Scott said in a statement. “The School District property is safe, and there was no disruption to the school operations today. The School District and the contractor are cooperating with the investigation by the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection, the Pa. Department of Fish and Boat Commission Waterways Conservation Officers, and Jenkintown Borough.”

You can contact Chief Scott at 215-884-1202 or with any questions or concerns.

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