Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority (LCWSA) was formed in April 1989 through Lycoming County as an independent authority to “undertake projects that are normal and incidental to the planning, creation, operation, maintenance or financing including but not limited to water supplies, water supply works, water distribution systems, sewer systems, sewage collection systems and sewage treatment plants including facilities for treating industrial waste.”
The board consists of nine (9) members, serving five (5) year terms, and are appointed by the Lycoming County Commissioners. The board members receive no compensation for their services. The LCWSA board typically meets the first Wednesday of every month, and the Finance Committee typically meets the third Wednesday of every month. Other committees meet as needed.
WASTEWATER SERVICE AREA AND FACILITIES
LCWSA owns, operates and maintains the Montoursville Regional Sewer System (MRSS). In the 1990’s, the LCWSA partnered with Lycoming County, Borough of Montoursville, Fairfield Township and Loyalsock Township for the successful implementation of the MRSS. Following in 2004, LCWSA partnered with MuncyTownship and MuncyCreekTownship to provide sewer service for portions of those communities through the MRSS. The MRSS provides sanitary sewer service to Montoursville, the portion of FairfieldTownship south of Interstate I-180, the area of Muncy and Muncy Creek commonly referred to as Halls Station, and the eastern portion of LoyalsockTownship.
The MRSS serves approximately 3,000 customers in Montoursville, FairfieldTownship, Muncy and Muncy Creek Townships as well as the bulk customer of Loyalsock Township. The MRSS consists of a wastewater treatment plant, fourteen (14) pump stations, approximately ten (10) miles of force main (pressure sewer), and approximately thirty-five (35) miles of gravity sewer main. The pump stations range in size from serving two residential properties to having the capacity of 600,000 gallons per day. The sizes of the force mains are 10 and 16 inches in diameter and the gravity mains range from eight inches to 24 inches in diameter.
Additionally, LCWSA partnered with Armstrong Township to provide sewer service to the community along Route 15 neighboring South Williamsport. Sewage treatment is provided by Williamsport Sanitary Authority at the Central Plant while LCWSA owns and operates the sewage collection system which consists of over a mile of gravity sewer main, a half mile of force main, and one pump station Today, we provide technical support and parts/supplies on an as needed basis. In Muncy Creek Township, LCWSA operates the wastewater pumping stations and collection and conveyance lines through an Operation and Maintenance Agreement.
For South Williamsport Borough, LCWSA provides billing/invoicing services. For Duboistown, LCWSA provides operation, maintenance and management of the borough sewer system. As of January 1, 2013 LCWSA will begin fully managing the Limestone Township Municipal Water Authority. LCWSA recently acquired the Beaver Lake Sewer System – a small package treatment plant and collection and conveyance system in Penn Township – serving a small subdivision/community. This facility was previously owned and operated by the Penn Township Supervisors.
MRSS WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT (WWTP)
The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) has an average capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day (MGD) and an instantaneous maximum capacity of 3.75 MGD (this instantaneous capacity may be necessary during storm or flooding events). Forty percent of the treatment plant’s capacity (or 600,000 gallons per day) has been reserved to accommodate future development and growth.
The wastewater treatment plant utilizes a sequencing batch reactor technology as manufactured by Aqua-Aerobics Systems, Inc. This batch reactor technology provides operational flexibility relative to the types of wastewater that can be accepted (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial). The plant’s biological process utilizes two parallel and identical treatment trains.
PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM
COST AND PERSONNEL
The LCWSA’s annual budget is over $3,000,000. Nearly 60 percent is for operating and maintenance costs and 40 percent of the annual budget is for debt service (or paying back the bonds/loans to finance the sewer and water projects noted above). LCWSA employs twenty five full time personnel including an executive director, finance director, accounting clerk, administrative assistant, customer service representative, compliance manager, field superintendent, customer compliance analyst, various lab, operations, water/wastewater and maintenance technicians – with a total annual payroll expense of over $900,000. Our technical staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. The laboratory located at the MRSS wastewater treatment plant is accredited by PaDEP for sewage analysis.
LCWSA is a growing authority – serving its municipal partners in their sewer and water needs, promoting economic growth and development and sustaining the environment.
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Located at: 380 Old Cement Road Montoursville, PA 17754 Mail: P.O. Box 186 Montoursville, PA 17754 Phone: 570-546-8005 Toll Free: (877) 546-8005 Fax: 570-546-3315 Email: [email protected]