The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) has been providing wastewater treatment service for residents of Luzerne County since 1962. WVSA’s service area includes 35 municipalities from Harveys Lake to Pittston to Newport Township. The original 14 municipalities have council-appointed representatives on the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority Board.
The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority has about 95,000 equivalent dwelling units in its service area. That equates to roughly one-quarter million residents who benefit from the wastewater treatment service provided by WVSA. On average, each Wyoming Valley citizen contributes 50-100 gallons of wastewater per day; WVSA receives and treats an average of 25 million gallons of wastewater daily.
Much of the funding needed to efficiently maintain, operate and modernize our plant is obtained from federal Environmental Protection Agency funds.
Click here for WVSA Act 44 Disclosure Form.
Combined Sewer Overflows
The sewer collection system of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, like many older systems, carry both wastewater (used water and sewage that goes down the drain in homes and businesses) and storm water (rain or snow that washes off streets and parking lots). In many parts of the Wyoming Valley, the mixed waste water and storm water flow together in a single pipe. This is called a Combined Sewer System. During a heavy rain, the pipes may get too full and start to overflow into the Susquehanna River or local creeks. When this happens, it’s called a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). This provides a “safety valve” to prevent back-ups of untreated wastewater into homes and businesses, flooding in city streets, or bursting underground pipes.
Learn more about Combined Sewer Overflows.