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Two Utility Worker

Positions North Penn Water Authority located in Lansdale, PA (near Rt. 475 Lansdale Exit) is seeking to fill Two Utility Worker Positions (Distribution and Systems Control)


• Must be available for after hour calls for emergency repairs (evenings/weekends)

• Able to lift and carry/push/pull a minimum 75 pounds

• Valid Driver’s license (commercial for systems control)

• Work Hours: Monday to Friday 7AM to 3:30PM 


Equal Opportunity Employer.

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About North Penn Water Authority

NPWA also operates twenty-nine groundwater wells located throughout our service territory, in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. All of the water that is delivered to our customers in our East Rockhill Satellite System comes from two groundwater supply wells. The water from these wells is chlorinated before it is pumped into customers' homes. The East Rockhill Satellite System is physically separated from the NPWA main system. Water from the two systems does not ever mix. How can I protect the source of my drinking water? The Authority has continued to work proactively to protect its sources of water. The North Branch Watershed Association (NBWA) is comprised of local citizens, organizations, municipalities and authorities dedicated to protecting the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek, which provides 80% of NPWA's source water. The NBWA provides educational speakers at meetings, performs riparian buffer plantings, stream cleanups and supports township and county endeavors to mark stream input locations on roadways and private areas. Any individuals wishing to become involved in the North Branch Watershed Association may contact Marianne Morgan at the Authority at 215-855-3617 or Gretchen Schatschneider, Watershed Specialist at Bucks County Conservation District at 215-345-7577, ext. 106. The state of Pennsylvania is currently performing sourcewater assessments for the state. NPWA has also partnered with other Bucks County water utilities in an effort to protect wells located in the Pennridge area. The grant application was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and work is expected to begin sometime in 2005. If you are interested in either of these efforts, please contact the Authority at 215-855-3617 or the state DEP at 484-250-5900. Is NPWA water fluoridated? No. North Penn Water does not add fluoride to either its groundwater or surface water supplies. It is a drinking water additive and not everyone who drinks water wants or needs fluoride in every glass. Fluoride levels are checked at each of our wells on a regular basis and occasionally naturally occurring fluoride is detected at low levels. Since over 95% of the water used is not consumed, the majority of fluoride goes right down the drain. The lack of fluoridation does not make the water any less safe, just as the addition of fluoride does not make the water supply safer. Please consult your health care provider to determine if family members need to take fluoride supplements. We have covered this topic in more detail in our Water Currents quarterly newsletter. To review that article, click here and scroll down to the Water News section. How hard is my water? Water hardness is a measure of calcium and magnesium present in the water. These naturally occurring minerals pose no health risk but in substantial amounts make the water hard. This can sometimes cause a buildup on fixtures or interfere with soap and detergent lathering. A water softener, which operates on the ion exchange process, replaces the calcium and magnesium with sodium or potassium, thereby solving this aesthetic concern. NPWA customers receive approximately eighty percent of their water from surface water treated at the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant located in Chalfont. Surface water is generally softer than groundwater. The remaining twenty percent is derived from wells, which provide harder water, throughout the distribution system. This conjunctive use, combining ground water and surface water, effectively increases the overall water supply. As a result of this blending, water in the NPWA system ranges from 3 to 15+ grains of hardness per gallon . Check the distribution area mapby Clicking Here to determine your hardness level before installing a new water softener system, or continuing to maintain your existing softener. Since the water is softer now than in years past due to a greater use of the Forest Park supply, some customers may no longer need to purchase salt to soften their water. While determining the water hardness that you prefer is an individual matter, knowing the hardness of the water in your area may help you to make the right choice. Since a water softener removes nearly all the calcium and magnesium from the water, no scale buildup occurs. Over softening of your water, in addition to wasting salt, may cause your metal plumbing to become more susceptible to the dissolving action of the water passing through it. Determining the total hardness in your area, amount of water use in your household along with estimating softener size and regeneration cycles will allow you to make the best choice should you decide to purchase a water softener. Why does my tap water taste like chlorine? Chlorine is used for disinfection at all of the NPWA wells and as a final step in the Forest Park Water treatment plant to kill any remaining potential disease-causing organisms. Chlorination is one of the most important processes used in the production of safe drinking water in the United States. Water-borne diseases, including cholera, dysentery and typhoid fever, are no longer a problem in public water supplies in the U.S. mainly because of chlorination and proper treatment practices. State and federal laws mandate that water utilities maintain a disinfectant residual throughout their entire distribution system. Because of that, customers who are located near the point of chlorination may notice an odor while those customers at "the end of the line" many not notice any odor. For customers who find the taste or odor of chlorine unpleasant, fill a pitcher with cold water and leave it sit on the counter uncovered for several hours before covering it and placing the pitcher in the refrigerator. This will allow the chlorine to dissipate, removing the chlorine from the water. Why is my water discolored? The presence of certain metals in the water can cause the water to become discolored. Two of the more commonly found metals in the North Penn area are iron and manganese. Neither iron nor manganese is considered a toxic metal. However, when the metal concentration gets above a certain level, the water becomes discolored. Iron turns the water brown and manganese turns the water black. Some of the discoloration may be as a result of our annual flushing program which usually occurs in the Spring. NPWA annually inspects and flushes all 2,942 fire hydrants in our distribution system to ensure that the hydrants will function properly when necessary. Flushing of hydrants also improves water quality. It also may be a result of a water main break or when a valve is operated or water flow is changed. Discolored water is typically caused by iron and manganese that is dislodged from the interior walls of the water transmission pipes. If you experience discolored water, run the cold water for a few minutes. If the water does not clear up, turn off the cold water for 10 to 20 minutes and try the procedure again. Persistent discoloration or low pressure problems should be reported to the Authority. Is bottled water safer than NPWA water? No. Bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water. North Penn Water Authority's drinking water along with drinking water in the United States is among the most regulated and safest in the world. The primary legislation governing your drinking water quality is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) which was passed by Congress in 1974, amended in 1986 and further strengthened in 1996. To ensure the highest quality, the SDWA requires each public water utility to implement a regular program of sample collection and laboratory analysis. By law, each state must meet the federal standards. Some states have augmented the federal requirements with standards of their own. NPWA along with other local water utilities must meet all the requirements for the state in which they operate. Testing and monitoring results are reported regularly to the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and are available to the public. Strict adherence to monitoring and testing are the best guarantees for safe drinking water. The state and EPA work together to see that all requirements are followed. In the U.S., tap water and bottled water are regulated by two different agencies. The U.S. EPA regulates tap water. Bottled water is regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a food product. Bottled water companies must also adhere to the FDA's Quality Standards, Standards of Identity (Labeling Regulations) and Good Manufacturing Practices and requires companies to label their waters to define where the water comes from and if it has been purified or carbonated. Read the label on your bottled water. Approximately 25 percent of the bottled water consumed in the U.S. comes from municipal water supplies just tap water in a bottle, sometimes further treated, sometimes not. Bottled water may cost up to 1,000 times more than tap water. The average NPWA residential customer (an entire household) spends about 70 cents per day for water. That translates into a cost of one cent for 2.4 gallons. Will using a home water treatment device make my water safer or healthier?