Wastewater Treatment

Safe, effective and reliable wastewater treatment is an essential service. We provide communities with scientifically proven and environmentally sound solutions for collection, treatment and release.

Below are a few examples of technology we implement in the field to create efficiencies of scale, scope and cost:

  • Membrane Bioreactors: Combining ultrafiltration and biological treatment, membrane bioreactors are a powerful and efficient solution for the treatment of wastewater.
  • Biological Nutrient Removal: The removal of nutrients such as nitrogen and/or phosphorous through an activated sludge system.
  • UV Disinfection: Replacing chlorine with more environmentally friendly UV technologies for a safer, more efficient way to disinfect wastewater.

EXPERTS IN WASTEWATER SERVICE

As the Commonwealth’s largest regulated water utility, Pennsylvania American Water is a recognized leader in providing communities with both high-quality drinking water and reliable wastewater service. Our dedicated wastewater professionals bring a broad range of experience in the treatment, collection, compliance and operation of wastewater systems.

Pennsylvania American Water’s wastewater operations, listed below, comprise more than 12 million gallons per day of permitted capacity and serve thousands of residential, commercial and industrial customers. We also offer experience and technical resources to partner with municipalities that are searching for solutions to aging sewer infrastructure, tougher environmental standards and tight budgets.

ADAMS COUNTY

Franklin Township Wastewater System 

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Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater system from the Franklin Township Municipal Sewer Authority in August 2013.  

  • Plant location: Franklin Township 
  • Communities served: Franklin Township, McKnightstown, Cashtown
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 300 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 200,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 5.3 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 2009

Hamiltonban Township Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the assets of Hamiltonban Township Authority in November 2014.

  • Plant location:  Hamiltonban Township 
  • Communities served: Hamiltonban and Highland Townships
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 75 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 50,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 1.4 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1976

BEAVER COUNTY

Koppel Borough Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired this municipal wastewater system in May 2013.  

  • Plant location: Koppel Borough
  • Communities served: Koppel Borough and portion of Big Beaver Borough
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 350 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 900,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 4.5 miles of sewer main
  • Plant upgraded: 2004

CHESTER COUNTY

Coatesville Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water owns and operates a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility following an approximately $55 million investment to replace an aging, undersized facility that dated back to 1932. Read the fact sheet to learn more about the Coatesville wastewater treatment plant upgrades, and check out the Coatesville case study on how we acquired and upgraded these facilities and the rates history.

  • Plant location: South Coatesville
  • Communities served: City of Coatesville, South Coatesville, Parkesburg, Caln Township, West Caln Township, Valley Township, East Fallowfield Township, Sadsbury Township, West Sadsbury Township, Highland Township and West Brandywine Township
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 6,200 direct customers and four bulk wastewater customers
  • Treatment capacity: 7 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 80 miles of sewer main
  • Plant expanded/upgraded: March 2010

 

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CLARION COUNTY

Clarion Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the Clarion Area Authority wastewater system in October 2008. Read the fact sheet to learn more about the $24 million Clarion wastewater system improvement project to upgrade and expand the facilities.

  • Plant location: Clarion
  • Communities served: Borough of Clarion, Clarion Township, Monroe Township and portion of Strattanville
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 2,200 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 1.2 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 32 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: Originally built in 1940. Upgrades and expansion currently underway.

Elk Township Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired Paint-Elk Joint Sewer Authority (PEJSA) in July 2014.

  • Plant location:  Elk Township 
  • Communities served: Portions of Elk and Paint Townships
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 460 customers
  • Treatment capacity: .6 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 11.5 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: early 1960s/modified in 1992 

Shippenville Borough Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired Shippenville Borough Wastewater System in August 2015.

  • Plant location:  Shippenville Borough
  • Communities served:  Shippenville Borough and a portion of Elk Township
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 245 customers
  • Treatment capacity:  0.050 MGD
  • Miles of collection pipe:  Approximately 4 miles
  • Plant built: 1980s

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

New Cumberland Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired this municipal wastewater system in October 2016.  

  • Plant location: Borough of New Cumberland
  • Communities served: Borough of New Cumberland
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 3,100 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 1.25 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 27 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 2013

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

Scranton Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater assets of the Scranton Area Authority (SSA) in December 2016. The system is under an EPA Consent Decree that mandates significant upgrades, totaling an estimated $140 million, to bring the system into environmental compliance. Pennsylvania American Water is continuing the projects started by the SSA and assumes SSA’s obligations under the Consent Decree. 

  • Plant location: Scranton
  • Communities served: City of Scranton, Borough of Dunmore, plus bulk service connections to adjacent communities
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 31,000 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 20 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 317 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1947

NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

McEwensville Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the water and wastewater assets of the McEwensville Municipal Authority in October 2015.

  • Plant location: McEwensville 
  • Communities served: McEwensville and portion of Delaware Township 
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 160 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 45,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 2.5 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1985

PIKE AND MONROE COUNTIES

Poconos Wastewater Systems

Pennsylvania American Water operates several wastewater facilities in Pike and Monroe Counties, where the company acquired its first wastewater system in 1995. Learn more about how we are providing regional water and wastewater solutions in the Poconos case study.

Saw Creek Estates

  • Plant location: Lehman Township
  •  Communities served: Saw Creek, The Falls, Mill Pond, Timothy Lake, Winona Lakes, Falling Creek Estates
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 4,000 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 500,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 70 miles of sewer main, plus 12 lift stations
  • Plant upgraded: $2.5 million rehabilitation completed in 2009

Blue Mountain Lake

  • Plant location: Stroud Township
  • Communities served: Blue Mountain Lake Estates, Mountain View, Cornerstone Conservancy
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 700 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 183,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 13 miles of sewer main
  • Plant upgraded: $3 million rehabilitation completed in 2010

Pocono Country Place

  • Plant location: Coolbaugh Township
  • Communities served: Pocono Country Place
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 3,500 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 1.25 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 50 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1975

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Marcel Lakes

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater system from the Clean Treatment Sewage Company in August 2013.  

  • Plant location: Dingmans Ferry
  • Communities served: Marcel Lake Estates
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 380 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 200,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 5 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1994

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Claysville Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the water and wastewater assets of the Claysville-Donegal Joint Municipal Authority in July 2008.

  • Plant location: Claysville
  • Communities served: Claysville and portion of Donegal Township
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 500 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 100,000 gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 11 miles of sewer main
  • Plant built: 1984

YORK COUNTY

Fairview Township Wastewater System

Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater system from Fairview Township in December 2015.  

  • Plant location: Fairview Township 
  • Communities served: Fairview Township
  • No. of customers served: Approximately 4,000 customers
  • Treatment capacity: 1.2 million gallons per day
  • Miles of collection pipe: Approximately 70 miles of sewer main
  • Plants built: 1965 and 1993