June 28, 2011 —
PPL will lower the level of Lake Wallenpaupack by about 5 feet more than normal after Labor Day in September to allow for scheduled maintenance and inspection of the dam and power plant. The drawdown of water will stop at about elevation 1,175 feet in mid-October.
The drawdown is done every five years to allow PPL to perform routine maintenance and testing, including a test required by the plant’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license.
“Lowering water levels will not have a significant effect on most local businesses around the lake,” said Paul Canevari, PPL’s regional community relations director for the Pocono region.
“We still encourage people to visit the lake and take advantage of the area’s many attractions. However, lake users should pay attention to potential submerged hazards that are not normally a concern when lake levels are higher.”
Following the maintenance and testing, PPL will then gradually allow the lake to refill naturally. Residents may want to consider removing docks from the water earlier than they normally would, although this is not mandated by PPL.
The generation schedule, the elevation of the lake and PPL’s plans regarding the drawdown are subject to change without prior notice due to changing plant and weather conditions. PPL’s generation schedule and lake level are available online at http://www.lakelevelppl.com .
Lake Wallenpaupack is owned by a subsidiary of PPL Corporation. PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), headquartered in Allentown, Pa., owns or controls about 19,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States, sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity and natural gas to about 10 million customers in the United States and the United Kingdom.