By MICHAEL S. WAGNER, Associated PressMEMPHIS (AP) — When a Pennsylvania water treatment facility turns into a sewer pond, what happens?
The answer is not that much.
But the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says it’s about to learn.
The DEP has been reviewing the pond, which is located about 150 yards from the site of a water main that once delivered drinking water to the town of Philadelphia.
Officials have said the pond is in good condition, but the DEP said it’s too early to know if the pond’s sewage is safe for drinking and that it’s also too early for it to determine if it will be cleaned or if it’s still contaminated.
The pond is part of a larger system that also includes sewage treatment plants in rural Pennsylvania and in western Pennsylvania.
The system is supposed to be in better condition now than when the pond was built.
The system also includes the largest wastewater treatment plant and treatment plant on the East Coast.
The plant, at a facility in western New York, has about 1.5 million gallons of treated wastewater.
It has been shut down in recent years, partly because of pollution, and the plant was built to handle about 200 million gallons.
The plant had been expected to close in about 2028.