Reservoir leak solution in the works in Youngsville

Youngsville Borough officials are confident that repairing a leak in the water system’s reservoir will be significantly less costly than originally anticipated.

Department of Public Works Foreman Mark Theuret said the source of the leak has been found and “looks like” it can be repaired from the outside without draining the tank.

Theuret told council this week that the supplies needed for the fix have been ordered but that the Borough is waiting for the Department of Environmental Protection to decide whether the repairs require an amendment to the Borough’s system permit.

He outlined the proposal to fix the leak including a foaming, water-activated epoxy.

“If it works it will be a substantial cost savings,” he said. “At some point, we need to talk to the engineer and start looking at options to replace that reservoir.”

Borough Manager Wendy Wilcox said it is “showing its age.”

The borough previously approached the county commissioners and requested funding for repairs to the leak and upgrades at the reservoir then estimated to cost $265,000.


Theuret told council that work needed before the pool opens commenced this week.

That includes repairs to the bottom of the pool as well as a new pump.

Councilman Rick Brewster said that the Kiwanis Club has agreed to sponsor the cost for the “Learn to Swim” program.

“That’s great,” he stressed. “It’s really nice to have someone step up.”

Brewster also said that the Tidioute Community Charter School is currently designing murals for the front of the pool to “try to make it a little more interactive” while last weekend’s “A Night at the Races” fundraiser was “tremendously successful,” generating about $4,100 for the pool, double a typical year.


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