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  • Old Lycoming Township - Water Main Shut Down 10/5/2022

    The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is informing our customers that we will be shutting down water service in Old Lycoming Township north of Mill Lane, east of State Route 15 and south of Lycoming Creek. The shut-down is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM. Please see the map for the area effected. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

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  • Notice of Public Meetings Williamsport Sanitary Authority

     

    Stormwater Program and Fee Implementation
    For the City of Williamsport


    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Trade and Transit Centre II - 144 W. Third St. 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

    Stormwater infrastructure and services are critical to protecting lives, property, commerce, and the quality of our local and national waterways. The City's stormwater infrastructure however, is under increasing stress due to age, development, and expanding regulatory requirements. The Williamsport Sanitary Authority (WSA) is tasked with maintaining and improving the system to assure proper function and to meet stringent regulations required by state regulatory agencies. Customers are encouraged to attend a public meeting hosted by the WSA to be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 to learn more about the proactive stormwater management plan including its goals, costs, and billing method. The 4:00 pm meeting will focus on business, industry, and non-profit customers and the 7:00 pm meeting will focus on residential customers.

  • Shut Down Notice

    The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is informing our customers that water service may be interrupted between 6 PM and 7 PM this evening in Loyalsock Township. The area effected is south of Four Mile Drive, north of Blair Street, east of Briarwood Drive, and west of Sand Hill Road. Please see the map for the area effected. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

     

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  • Managing Swimming Pool Water

    Before You Drain Your Swimming Pool. Know the Rules!

    Another summer has come and gone, and now it’s time to close that swimming pool or hot tub.  Before you extend that hose, remember, the water is filled with chemicals!  Here are some helpful tips on how to properly close swimming pools and hot tubs for the year.  Whether you’re a private owner, manage a public pool, or work for a pool maintenance company, these reminders are for you!

    Discharged pool water and water containing chlorine or other chemicals can be detrimental to aquatic life if not handled correctly.  These waters must not be discharged to any storm sewer.

    When draining a swimming pool or hot tub, make sure to protect Pennsylvania’s water ways by following these tips:

    • Never dispose of pool water through a storm sewer!
    • Pool water should not be discharged into the street.
    • Pool water should be discharged slowly into the grass where it will allow for absorption, filtration, and aeration of the water through the soil.  By draining the pool at a slow and steady rate, filtration will be optimized and erosion will be prevented.  When draining pool water into the grass, be attentive so that the water does not drain onto a neighboring property.
    • Pool water may be disposed of through sanitary sewer system, laundry sink or other plumbing fixture as long as there is no detectable chlorine. 

    A factsheet from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at the link below:

    https://www.dep.pa.gov/OurCommonWealth/Pages/Article.aspx?post=31

    If you have any questions please contact the WSA at 570-323-6148 and dial 2.

  • Lead and Copper Testing Overview

    Every three years, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA) is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule to conduct a lead and copper survey of our drinking water system.

    Lead and copper enter drinking water mainly from the corrosion of plumbing materials that contain lead and copper. When water comes in contact with lead pipes or lead solder, leaching of lead may occur. This reaction is called corrosion. Corrosion is more likely to occur if the water contains high dissolved oxygen, low pH (acidic), and low mineral content. The WMWA has an active and extensive corrosion control program in place in order to prevent corrosion from occurring in its distribution system.

    The most recent study was completed in August 2022 and measured lead and copper concentrations in water collected from customers’ taps throughout WMWA’s distribution area. Results show that the WMWA’s water quality continues to meet all State and Federal standards.

    All results except for one were below the EPA action level for lead, and all samples were below the EPA’s action level for copper. These results support the effectiveness of the WMWA corrosion control program. 90th Percentile Lead Results for each required sampling event can be seen on the graph below, showing that lead concentrations continue to be reported below the action level of 15 parts per billion for lead.

    More information about Drinking Water and Lead can be found on our website at https://www.wmwa-wsa.org/drinking-water-and-lead.

     

  • New Bill Payment Website

    As of August 1, 2022 the WMWA-WSA has a new bill payment system. If you have the old website bookmarked please go to this new link when paying your water/sewer bill https://wmwawsa.authoritypay.com or click the Pay Your Bill button at the top of this page.

    You will need your account number and CID to log into the new payment system. Your account number and CID number are located on your new bill.

    If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to our customer service department during our regular business hours at (570) 323-6148.

  • Shut Down Notice

    The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is informing our customers that water service may be interrupted between 6 PM and 7 PM this evening in Loyalsock Township. The area effected is south of Four Mile Drive, north of Blair Street, east of Briarwood Drive, and west of Sand Hill Road. Please see the map for the area effected. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience.

     

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  • Rate Increase Announcement

    Williamsport Municipal Water Authority and Williamsport Sanitary Authority Announce Rate Increase

    Williamsport, PA, June 16, 2022 - The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA) and Williamsport Sanitary (WSA) have officially adopted budgets and rates for Fiscal Year 2023.  The Authorities fiscal year starts on July 1and ends on June 30.

    The WMWA rates will increase 5% while the WSA rates will increase 4%.  The new rates will be $6.75 per 1000 gallons of water and $13.85 per 1000 gallons of sewage and will be effective on all billings after July 1, 2022.

    The 5% water rate increase costs the average home which uses 40,000 gallons of water a year an extra $13.60 per year.  The 4% sewage rate increase will cost an extra $19.44 per year and is based on 36,000 gallons per year for the average home.

    The significant drivers for the Authorities’ rate increases stem from inflation.  The cost of chemicals used to treat water and sewage have increased 50%.  Aggregate electrical costs have increased approximately 45%.  The WSA is a particularly heavy user of electricity due to pumps and machinery needed to convey and treat sewage.  Further, materials costs have increased by 20%.  These are the pipes, meters and essential construction items which are needed to keep the system in good operating condition.  Due to the significant and continuous inflation, the Authorities are forced to keep pace to continue to provide essential services.

    While the water and sewer rates remain low compared to surrounding communities, the Authorities continue to complete capital projects to assure reliable and well-functioning systems.  Grants often supplement revenue to complete these projects at a savings to the ratepayers.

    The WMWA is proactively addressing priority water mains through capital projects. Over the past 2 years, a total of approximately $3.2 million has been spent on approximately 3 miles of water main replacements with an additional $3.5 million
    allocated for approximately 3.1 miles of water main scheduled to be replaced over the next year. Additionally, the WMWA replaced a 25 year old deteriorating cover on a 4 million gallon potable water reservoir costing approximately $550,000. The WMWA also anticipates spending approximately $3.5 million on necessary modifications at the two primary water source reservoirs. Each reservoir contains approximately 530 million gallons of raw water.

    Similarly, the WSA is proactively addressing priority sanitary mains through capital projects. A total of approximately $625,000 was spent on cement lining approximately 1,160 linear feet of 4-feet diameter brick sewer main. An additional approximately $900,000 was spent on lining approximately 4.5 miles of 8-inchs to 15-inch diameter sanitary mains this past year. Further, $1.25 million has been allocated to line approximately 3 miles of 8-inch to 24 inch diameter sanitary main. The WSA also anticipates spending approximately $1.6 million on replacing equipment at one of the sanitary treatment plants over the next 2 years.



    Michael D. Miller
    WMWA-WSA
    Executive Director
    (570) 323-6148

  • Water & Sewer Authorities Approve Fiscal 2021 Budgets

      JUNE 24, 2020

      In separate votes, the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA) and Williamsport Sanitary Authority (WSA) adopted their fiscal 2021 budgets as presented at their Board of Directors’ meetings today.

      Both budgets include rate increases that become effective January 1st, 2021.  John Baker, Director of Finance for the Authorities, explained that due to the economic impact of COVID-19, both Authorities have decided to defer the rate increase until January of 2021.  He also noted that the Authorities have not been charging late payment fees (penalties) since mid-March of this year and have also temporarily suspended account shut-offs, following the guidance of PA regulatory agencies.

      Metered water consumption, the primary means of revenue for both Authorities, is projected to decline slightly, continuing a trend the Authorities have been tracking for many years.  This concern, as well as increasing operating costs and aggressive capital plans to address aging infrastructure is creating the need for rate increases for both water and sewer.

      Baker explained that for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021, “the Water Authority’s budgeted revenues of $8.9 million includes a 5.0% increase in water consumptive rates effective January 1st, 2021, taking the rate from $5.80 to $6.10 per thousand gallons consumed.” “For the average family using 42,000 gallons of water per year, the increase would be $12.60 per year, or $1.05 per month.”

      “In addition, the Authority is committing over $17.9 million in capital spending over the next four years, primarily in distribution system upgrades including projects on West Fourth Street, East Third Street, and several other streets where water mains need replaced.”  “Reservoir and dam maintenance is also scheduled in the upcoming fiscal years, which are significant dollars.”    Funding for these projects will come from water consumption revenues, board restricted cash balances, and potential state or federal grants.

      Baker then explained that the “Sanitary Authority’s budgeted revenues of $15.4 million includes a 4.0% increase in sewer consumptive rates effective January 1st, 2021, with the rate moving from $12.30 to $12.80 per thousand gallons consumed.”  For every 42,000 gallons consumed, the annual increase would be $21.00 per year, or $1.75 per month.”  This 4.0% increase will apply for flat rate customers as well, increasing from $159.90 per quarter to $166.40 per quarter.  Woodward Township’s flat rate remains unchanged at $67.00 per month.  “The Authority’s budgeted expenses reflect increased costs of operating the Authority’s two treatment facilities.”  Operating and administrative expenses, less depreciation, are projected to be 6.0% higher, totaling $7.1 million.  The Authority’s annual debt service amount for Fiscal Year 2021 and the next two (2) years will average $6.5 million, increasing to $7.5 million in fiscal year 2024.  “The Authority is looking to aggressively continue upgrading and replacing or relining its’ collection system infrastructure.”  The funding for this capital plan, which totals over $7.8 million over the next four years, will come primarily from sewer consumption revenues, board restricted cash balances, and potential state or federal grants.  “The work that has been completed in the streets, as well as the work planned in future years, is substantial and unfortunately those costs continue to increase” he explained.

      Regarding both Authorities, Baker stated “we will continue monitoring our actual revenues and expenses over the next six months, confirming budget assumptions and projections prior to the January 1st rate adjustment.”

    • Lycoming County Emergency Rental Assistance

      If you are having difficulty paying your utility bills STEP has the Emergency Rental Assistance Program to help.
      For more information and to apply for assistance please visit https://www.stepcorp.org/LycoRent

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