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Postby chocolatemilk » Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:27 pm

What is that towering structure rising high above the tree line across the street from the middle school?  Is it a cell tower?  Is it something for gas drilling?  Is that state land where that tower is?
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby Sal » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:19 pm

Welcome chocolatemilk,

I’ll check it out the next time I go by there.  It is most likely a cell tower or equivalent.  It could also be a water well driller.  Everyone has water wells around here.

I can tell you that it has nothing to do with gas wells because there are none around here and it is unlikely that there will be.

None of the gas companies are interested in drilling around here and the few leases that some have are about to expire.
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby chocolatemilk » Sat Aug 24, 2013 1:30 am

Sal, were you able to drive by there or hear anything?  Is it a water tower?  or a drill for a well?  Anyone else hear anything?  There are 44 views of this post and no one but Sal has made a peep.  Come on people let's share information.
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby Sal » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:03 am

Yes, It is a water storage tower.
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby HomeTown » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:49 pm

Sal... Why would the Pa American Water Company be building a water tower here? Would it serve the Middle School? I don't believe so since they have their own water supply.  Would it be used as fire protection for the Middle School? I don't think so because the local pond there does just that. Are there huge developments to serve where the Pa American Water Co could charge the people a fee?  No... everyone has their own well.  So... no one in Newton needs that volume of water.  
Question is why would a company spend hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on a massive water tower if they didn't expect a very good return on their investment.  I know of no company on this planet that has an intention of losing money deliberately.  
Hummmm..... what industry needs plenty of water that would possibly be delivered by truck and would make money on the water and the delivery. Any guesses? Hummmm......
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby davidk » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:38 pm

The water tower is to serve Clarks Summit, not Newton. It is on the grounds of the Fire Training Center and the township had no say in its construction as it is built by a public utility.
The problem is there is low pressure in Clarks Summit so they built the tower to improve it.
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Re: Cell tower? Gas drilling?

Postby Sal » Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:04 pm

Hey HomeTown, I'm sorry that it took so long for your post to show up.  I think I have that problem fixed.  

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What davidk said is correct and I think that the tower will be providing a backup water supply to the school and the Clarks Summit State Hospital.

In addition, it will increase pressure to fire hydrants and it was mentioned that the school will be getting a new fire hydrant.
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