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More water violations coming to light in Steelton

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Steelton officials said they were recently notified by the state Department of Environmental Protection about additional violations stemming from past practices.

The violations were not related to contaminated water.

“There is nothing wrong with our water,” Steelton Mayor Tom Acri said Friday.

Acri and Borough Manager Sara Gellatly called a news conference Friday afternoon to notify the public of two violations they learned of on Wednesday.

Gellatly said in the goal to be transparent, she wanted to announce that Steelton received a violation notice on January 27 stemming from the final quarter of 2013. She said the “Tier 3” violation was because the former water plant operator handed in water samples a few days late, not because of contaminated water.

Gellatly said when she asked DEP if there were any other violations, she was told yes. Gellatly said DEP told her a similar violation notice would be sent in the coming weeks for handing in a late water sample in early February. Gellatly said both violations occurred under the former water plant operator, who was fired on March.

"DEP has assured us there is no other violations that we do not know about,” she said, “and said they do not typically issue fines associated with this violation as long as they are not reoccurring."

Acri said DEP typically gives municipalities one year to notify the public of violations. He said Steelton residents should receive a public notice along with their May water bill.

Since the water issues arose in the borough, Gellatly said she has done everything in her power to assure residents the proper steps have been taken to provide clean water and transparency.

She said she has made daily trips to the water plant and meets with DEP representatives at least once a week.

Given her frequent meetings, she was perplexed on why the DEP hadn't notified the borough sooner of the past violations.

“Why maybe we weren't just given all the letters that were issued since we're having problems over there instead of slowly giving us past violations that the authority and I was not aware of,” Gellatly said.

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