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Proposed water tower causes concern in New Jersey township

WASHINGTON TWP., Pa. - After a 2007 fire brought Washington Township's water supply to a dangerously low level, the New Jersey American Water Co. says it's been searching for a solution to deal with the area's low water resources.

"We got to the point where we had to ask the fire chief to cut back on the hydrants," said Frank Hadley of New Jersey American Water Co. 

On Tuesday night, the water Company presented its plans to buy and build a 110-foot water tower on top of an old landfill in Washington Township, New Jersey.

But neighbors say they're not happy at the thought of living in the shadow of the 400,000 gallon tank.

Matthew Davis lives just a block from where the new water tower would stand. He started an online petition to stop the project. 

"We're a tight knit community here, we fear for our property values. We recently started to recover from the bubble burst we had up here and it's been slow," said Washington Township resident Matthew Davis.

Neighbors say they'd like the water company and the township to consider building an additional tank at the site of the already existing water tower.

Davis says he understands the concerns about fire safety but says it appears the company could have options.

"We're in Warren County. We can put this just about anywhere. It doesn't have to be in a residential neighborhood," he said.

Right now, no plans are set in stone.

The water tower plans will still need to be approved by the township and neighbors will have several more opportunities to weigh in.

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