Hazle Township, Luzerne County (WBRE/WYOU) – Putting water woes at ease. An area in Luzerne County is free of contaminated water. 43 homes in the village of Stockton, in Hazle Township, are now hooked up to Hazleton City Authority’s main water line.
Thursday Governor Tom Wolf along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the completion of a more than $2 million water line connecting the homes. The fix was needed because authorities say Stockton’s previous water supply was tainted with things like E-Coli bacteria.
Residents we spoke to say one draw back to the project has been the cost. Each house had to pay for their water hook-up. However, they add it’s a small price to pay for their well-being. David Mullin has lived in Stockton for his whole life. He says “there’s no better peace of mind then your health and I do my best to take care of me and I’d hate for a reason like the water supply in my house to be the reason I have a healthy downfall.”
Residents were allowed to hook up to the new water line in July.
State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following the statement on the completion of the new water line to serve Stockton Village residents:
“After several years of work and advocacy for safe drinking water in Stockton, I am exceedingly proud to see the completion of the water line project.
“I am sure that my enthusiasm is shared by all of those who also made significant investments of time and resources in this effort, including my colleague, Representative Tarah Toohil, the Hazleton City Authority, Hazleton City, Hazle Township, Governor Wolf, PennDOT and DEP.
“Delivery of clean water is among the most basic and important public services that we can provide to residents. Clean water is imperative to public health and safety, and Stockton’s new system will benefit its residents well into the future.”