CONNOQUENESSING TWP — Some residents with poor drinking water in the Woodlands housing development could have clean water soon in their homes.
The Butler County Housing and Redevelopment Authority is starting a pilot program which will install cisterns at the homes of qualifying low-to-moderate income families.
The cistern is an underground plastic tank that can hold 500 to 1,000 gallons of water for cooking, cleaning and drinking.
Perry O’Malley, the director of the authority, said the authority will allocate $5,000 to each qualifying residents to install the tank and the necessary plumbing and to fill the tank with water for the first time.
It will be the responsibility of the landowner to refill the tank, meaning it is not a cure-all for residents battling water issues. But it could make it easier for them to bath and clean with safe water.
O’Malley said he expects about 25 homes would be eligible for the program, meaning it could cost the authority about $125,000 of its own money.
The authority is still accepting bids from contractors to determine who would install the tanks, so there is no date of when installations could begin.
The housing authority is mailing brochures to residents of the Woodlands about the program.