Ammonia Leak Forces PA Plant Evac

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 02:08 PM gHale

The York Water Company Filter Plant in Spring Garden Township, PA, ended up evacuated after an ammonia leak late Tuesday morning, officials said.

Crews identified and stopped the leak from a vendor-owned tank around 1 p.m., said York County Public Information Officer Mark Walters.

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There were no injuries reported and the HazMat team was on the scene for most of the morning.

There was no impact on the water supply, company officials said.

Ammonia is used to help disinfect the water, and the discharge occurred when a water company vendor was filling the tank, said Jeffrey Hines, York Water president and chief executive.

“The discharge was quickly stopped,” Hines said, adding the ammonia was in gas form.

York Water supplies nearly 20 million gallons of water a day and has more than 66,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers, according to its web site. Over 200,000 people use its water in 48 communities in York and Adams counties.

“Whether it was the valve shut off itself or the operator shut it off, the discharge did stop,” he said.

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