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Mission Statement

The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA) is committed to its fundamental objective of providing water service of the highest quality for drinking, industrial and general municipal uses at a reasonable price to Williamsport and the surrounding communities.


To meet that objective, the Authority will adhere to the following principles:

  • The use of the highest quality water sources; protection and wise management of its supply sources,

  • Providing effective treatment and distribution of water for public health, safety and customer acceptability,

  • Providing for future growth to ensure the long-term success of the area,

  • Providing prompt and effective customer service,

  • Staffing the organization with qualified professionals, and

  • Striving for excellence with each employee participating as a team member to continually improve the performance of the organization.


  • The Williamsport Water Company was first organized in 1856.

  • The company changed ownership many times.  In 1864 it became the Lycoming Gas and Water Company.  In 1879 it became the Citizens' Gas and Water Company.  In 1884 control was passed to the Williamsport Water Company.  In 1927 the company was sold to Community Water Service Company of New York City.  In 1934, during the Depression, the Chemical National Bank and Trust company became the owner.  In 1945, John H. Ware, Jr acquired control over the former Williamsport Water Company by purchasing the common stock from the Chemical National Bank and Trust Company. 

  • In June 1946, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority was incorporated under the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act and the company was operated by the Municipal Management Company.  On September 30, 1967, the Municipal Management Company relinquished its agreement to manage the Authority, and the water facilities from that point on have been operated by local management and personnel.   

  • The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is under the direction of a ten-member Board.

  • The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority Water Treatment Plant was officially commissioned on September 9, 1992.  The total cost of the project including engineering, inspection, and financing was 25 million dollars. The plant is designed to filter and treat the surface water supplies for the Greater Williamsport Area, serving a population of over 51,000 residents in the City of Williamsport, the Borough of South Williamsport, the Borough of DuBoistown, Loyalsock Township, Old Lycoming Township, and Armstrong Township.

  • The WMWA maintains a groundwater treatment facility, which is a supplemental water supply.


American Water Works Association (AWWA)
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 50,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.

Water Environment Federation (WEF)
The Water Environment Federation mission is to deliver high quality products and services to members and stakeholders, promote and advance the water quality industry and benefit society through protection and enhancement of the global water environment.

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Williamsport Municipal Water Authority and Williamsport Sanitary Authority
253 West Fourth Street  Williamsport, PA 17701 - Phone# 570-323-6148 - Email: