Tamaqua and West Penn Boy and Cub Scouts were treated to a tour of the Still Creek Water Filtration Plant along SR309 in Rush Township Thursday evening.

Jeff Post, plant superintendent, served as tour guide during their visit. The $7.6 million plant, in operation since 1995, serves over 6,000 customers.

In addition to the filtration plant, the authority built three storage tanks, strengthened the dam at the reservoir, installed water meters and improved the distribution system.

The nearby Still Creek Reservoir holds about 2.6 billion gallons of water and has a drainage area of about 6.9 square miles. A 30-inch line from the Still Creek Reservoir carries water to the filtration plant by gravity. If the reservoir becomes low, water can be pumped to the filtration plant via a new pumping station. And if there's an electrical outage, a backup generator will keep the plant running.

The state's Safe Drinking Water Act forced Tamaqua and Rush Township officials to jointly build a filtration plant. Prior to its construction, water was disinfected, but impurities weren't filtered out.

Scout leaders stated their appreciation to Post for leading the tour and Tamaqua Borough Manager Kevin Steigerwalt for organizing the event.