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Bucks County Water & Sewer Launches $155M Campaign To Upgrade System. What It Means for #NewtownPA

Bucks County Water & Sewer Launches $155M Campaign To Upgrade System. What It Means for #NewtownPA | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

The Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA) has launched a capital improvement campaign that will invest $155 million for significant upgrades and repairs across its aging sewer system.

The initial investment is part of an ongoing infrastructure improvement initiative that BCWSA will continue to fund over the next several years.

The authority recently sold bonds to fund the first phase of the campaign, which includes $60 million for major upgrades to the Neshaminy Interceptor, a large diameter pipe that carries wastewater from Lower Bucks County to a treatment plant in Philadelphia. The project will bypass and replace 12 miles of aging pipe infrastructure to mitigate inflow and infiltration for both economic and environmental improvements.

The project impacts Bensalem, Falls, Bristol Township, Newtown Township*, Newtown Borough, Northampton, Middletown, Langhorne Borough, Penndel Borough, Hulmeville Borough and Langhorne Manor Borough.

 

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*At the January 10, 2023, Newtown Bucks County Joint Municipal Authority (NBCJMA) Board meeting, Mr. Warren Gormley - Authority Manager - responding to an inquiry from Newtown Supervisor John Mack, said that the Authority is raising rates by 20% from $68 per quarter for 10,000 gallons usage to $82 per quarter. Excess over 10,000 gallons is now $12.00 per 1,000 gallons per unit versus $10 previously.

 

Some people  have already received invoices with the rate increase. 

 

The increase was implemented in anticipation of increased rates that the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) charges NBCJMA for  "conveyance fees." These fees are for conveying Newtown’s sanitary sewer waste water to treatment plants in Philadelphia.

 

Mr. Gormley indicated that he will attend the January 11. 2023, Newtown Supervisors meeting to make a statement about the increase and answer questions.

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