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Remembering the Founding Father of the North Penn Water Authority, Harry Borchers

Special tribute to Harry from Tony Bellitto, Executive Director of North Penn Water Authority

I regret to inform you that Harry Borchers has passed away at the age of 93 after an extended battle with kidney cancer. Harry was the former Executive Director of the North Penn Water Authority, serving in that role for 26 years from 1965 until his retirement in 1991.

Harry is considered the “Founding Father” of the North Penn Water Authority, as he was in charge of managing all aspects of the water system’s operations, from the first day of its inception in 1965 with only a small handful of employees. His leadership was instrumental in dealing with significant challenges in the 1970’s and 1980’s related to a limited water supply from groundwater wells that had difficulty keeping up with the growth occurring in our area. His vision of developing an abundant alternative supply of water came to fruition with the construction of the Point Pleasant Pumping Station and the Forest Park Water Treatment Plant, which treats surface water from Lake Galena. Our entire region in Montgomery and Bucks Counties have been able to grow and flourish over the past 30 years, in large part because of the combined efforts of Harry, and his counterpart Pete Lukens, at the North Wales Water Authority, who partnered their organizations together to complete these vitally important projects that have ensured a high quality, safe, and abundant water supply for the residences and businesses in our area. We all owe a great deal of gratitude to Harry for his service and visionary leadership in our community. He will be greatly missed.

The obituary is attached with all the details about the funeral service, which will be held on Sat., Aug. 14.

Harry Borchers Obituary-Lansdale Reporter 8/8/21

Thanks.

Tony Bellitto

Executive Director

North Penn Water Authority

300 Forty Foot Road

Lansdale, PA 19446

Phone 215-855-3617

Fax 215-855-2756

Cell 215-783-2946

Email: abellitto@northpennwater.org

Website: www.northpennwater.org

Additional details about the arrangements for Harry Borchers’ funeral service on Sat., Aug. 14 are as follows:

3:00 to 4:00 pm – Reception of guests

4:00 to 4:45 pm – Funeral service

Followed immediately by an open invitation to all attendees to stay for a reception on the Church grounds, where there will be light refreshments offered and an opportunity for anyone to speak any words of remembrance at a microphone and podium that will be set up. Feel free to stay for this part of the service, as I’m sure there will be many heartfelt stories and touching tributes expressed by family and friends about Harry.

Location is the Sanctuary United Methodist Church, located at 1346 E. Prospect Ave., North Wales.

Thanks.

Tony Bellitto

Executive Director

North Penn Water Authority

300 Forty Foot Road

Lansdale, PA 19446

Phone 215-855-3617

Fax 215-855-2756

Cell 215-783-2946

Email: abellitto@northpennwater.org

Website: www.northpennwater.org

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