Lake Redman: York Water on track for spring construction finish

Margarita Cambest
York Dispatch
  • York Water's $12 million pumping station and force main at Lake Redman should be done by spring 2017.
  • Water levels remain low as construction continues.

Yes, the water levels are still low at Lake Redman.

Two months after breaking ground on the $12 million project off Interstate 83, The York Water Co. continues its work on a second pumping station above the dam at the lake.

Construction underway at Lake Redman in Springfield Township, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Construction is still in the early stages, but Chief Operating Officer JT Hand said it should be done by the spring. So far, crews have added an access route to the station from South George Street and started excavating the foundation for the pumping station. The lake was lowered 8 feet for the construction, which started in October.

The York Water Co. serves 68,000 customers throughout York and Adams counties. Hand said customers will not be affected by construction in any way while the water company builds the station as an emergency back-up to its primary pumping station. It also will let the utility pump from a secondary source if the primary pumping station is temporarily contaminated by a spill or heavy rain.

“I think it’s a wonderful investment by The York Water Co. into the community we serve,” he said. “We’ve been in business for 200 years, and we take pride in the fact that we don’t put customers out of service.”

Construction underway at Lake Redman in Springfield Township, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Both Lake Redman and Lake Williams are currently reservoirs to the primary pumping station on the south branch of the Codorus Creek. Hand said in a perfect world, the water company wouldn’t have to turn to that supply. However, in times of drought or low flow, typically in late summer to early fall, additional water could be released from the lakes.

“We are really investing to ensure we can provide a reliable source of drinking water to the roughly 200,000 people who consume our product every day,” Hands said.

The move is a proactive one, he explained, as the Codorus Creek pumping station has been out of service for just half a day in 200 years — in 1972, after Hurricane Agnes.

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Hand said he hopes the project will save York Water and its customers money in the long run, as muddy water, full of debris after a storm, takes additional chemicals and time to treat, but there are still some items left on the to-do list.

Piping, sitting uphill toward Leader Heights Road, needs to be in the ground before installing pumps and building a structure to house them. The last few steps will be an intake to suck water from the lake into the pump itself.