100 Gettysburg Pike
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Sewer Department Manager, Barry A. Cupp
Assistant Sewer Department Manager, Kodi Hockenberry
Sewer Department Secretary, Kathy Ferrari
Sewer Department Billing Accounts Clerk, Amber Serrano
The Sewer Department currently has two sanitary mainline replacement projects planned for 2019:
- One project will consist of replacing approximately 670 feet of existing 8″ diameter vitrified clay pipe with 12″ diameter PVC pipe across Hawthorne Avenue and continuing into a right-of-way area near 908 Hawthorne Avenue. The work is necessary due to current and future projected capacity issues with the current 8″ diameter pipe. Due to permitting time requirements, it is anticipated that this project will take place in the Summer of 2019.
- A second project will extend the existing Allendale Interceptor from its current ending location at Allendale Road up to South Market Street. The project, once complete, will eliminate the Township’s South Market Street Pumping Station No. 1. The project itself consists of installation and replacement of 8,175 l.f. of new 18″ PVC pipe. Due to the project’s size, it has been broken into smaller sections or segments. It is anticipated that the five segments could take up to 10 years to complete with an estimated cost at over three million dollars.
Grantham Wastewater Treatment Plant
400 Creekside Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Telephone: 717-766-0756 or 717-697-9548
Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent, Bill Anderson
Telephone: 717-943-4357 for after hours, weekends or holidays
Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator, Brian Snyder
Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance Chief, Jere Shughart
Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance Worker, Todd Collare
Wastewater Treatment Plant Maintenance Worker, Ryan Reed
The Grantham wastewater treatment facility, which receives flow from the Grantham drainage basin in the Township, was originally constructed and placed in operation in 1974. The plant was upgraded in 1986, 1992, and most recently in 2013.
The Wastewater treatment facility currently has an average daily design flow of 1.10 million gallons per day (mgd) and a peak daily design flow of 2.10 mgd. The five-year annual average daily flow to the plant is currently 0.644 mgd.
The treatment processes at the facility include influent pumping and screening, activated sludge aeration using the sequencing batch reactor (SBR) process for nitrogen removal, alum addition for phosphorus removal, chlorine disinfection, aerobic digestion, and belt filter press sludge dewatering for landfill disposal of sludge.
In 2013 major biological nutrient removal (BNR) improvements and upgrades were completed at the plant in order to comply with new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge limits imposed in connection with the Chesapeake Bay tributary strategy.
Nutrient limits imposed under NPDES Permit No. PA0024902 include 6 mg/l for total nitrogen (22,991 lbs./yr.) and .8 mg/l for total phosphorus (2,679 lbs./yr.) on the plant discharge to the Yellow Breeches Creek.
In 2014 a capital improvement project began which included the construction of a new operations building and garage above the 100-year flood plain level. The operations building houses all process control equipment, the laboratory, separate workspace for employees, a conference room and a file storage room.
The three-bay garage houses Sewer Department vehicles and equipment including the Vactor truck, the televising truck, a tractor, and pickup trucks. The garage also serves as a maintenance and parts storage area. The operations building and garage construction were completed in June 2015.
Upper Allen Township Sewer Department Features
100 Miles Of Pipe
8 Pumping Stations
6400 Residential Accounts
200 Non-Residential Accounts
1. If an account is 3 or more quarters overdue, a first warning letter is mailed via regular mail. This gives the owner of the property ten (10) days to pay the balance or make payment arrangements by signing a payment agreement.
2. If the account is not paid or the owner has not made payment arrangements after ten (10) days have passed, a lien is filed and a second notice letter along with a copy of the time-stamped lien is sent to the owner via certified mail and regular mail which advises them of possible water service termination. The owner has ten (10) days to pay the balance or make payment arrangements.
3. Water service termination is permitted by Pennsylvania law under the provisions of the Water Service Act, 53 P.S. Section 3102.101. If ten (10) days have passed and the owner has made no effort to reconcile their sewer account, a water termination letter along with a copy of the Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act of 2004 is sent via certified mail and regular mail explaining that they have an additional ten (10) days to pay or their water service will be terminated. This letter is also posted on the property and on the front door of the residence. Said action shall result in additional charges becoming due and payable including any fee imposed by the water utility.
4. After the passage of ten (10) days without communication from the owner, the Township will initiate water service termination. The water company, per their policies, may terminate service Monday through Thursday of each week, but not proceeding a holiday weekend. The water company charges a fee to terminate and reconnect service. This fee is charged by the Township to the customer’s sewer account.
5. If the owner does not fulfill their obligations, the residence may be determined uninhabitable and/or the Township may pursue legal action through a Writ of Scire Facias or a Civil Complaint.
Bills can be mailed to Upper Allen Township, 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Bills can be paid online free of charge at Xpress BillPay. Automatic payments can also be set up on this site. If setting up automatic payments, please remember to update credit card/checking account information or e-mail addresses if any information changes. You may also sign up for paperless billing.
There is an overnight drop box outside the main entrance of the Township building where payments are accepted outside of normal business hours.
You may contact the Sewer Department by calling (717) 766-0756 to pay your sewer bill via debit or credit card.
Payment for sewer bills must be received in the office, not postmarked, by the due date to avoid the penalty charge.
For rental properties, bills must be sent to the owner of the property. Accounts cannot be transferred into a tenant’s name.
Failure of any person to receive quarterly bills for sewer rentals or charges shall not be considered an excuse for nonpayment nor shall such failure result in an extension of the period of time during which the net bill shall be payable.
The 2018 sewer rate for residential properties is a base rate of $112.00 per quarter. The 2018 sewer rate for non-residential properties is a base rate of $34.43 per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit), per month, plus $2.99 per 1,000 gallons of usage.
Accounts are billed in the arrears. Bills are mailed out in January, April, July, and October and are due 35 days after the date of mailing. Payments received after the due date are subject to a 10% penalty charge on the current charges and 0.5% interest charge on unpaid balances.