Charter Granted in 1866
The Borough Of Boyertown, County of Berks
 
   
  WATER & SEWER
 
 
Contacts:
Report water leaks and sewer backups to:
ST Environmental Services
610-369-3041

Questions concerning utility bills contact:

Donna Gehris
610-369-3030

Click here to download the Consumer Confidence Report.

The Borough of Boyertown's Water Treatment Plant is located on Powder Mill Hollow Road , in Earl Township , Berks County . The design capacity of the plant is 2,000,000 GD. The plant obtains water from two reservoirs, the Popodickon Dam and the Trout Run Dam. A third approved, but seldom used source of water, is the Ironstone Creek. The Borough holds a surface water withdrawal allocation of 2 million gallons per day, which is regulated by the Delaware River Basin Commission.

Daily operation and maintenance of the Water Treatment Plant and distribution system is contracted to Severn Trent Environmental Services. The Project Manager is Marc DesAutels, and the Assistant Project Manager is Nathan Laucks.

The Borough of Boyertown's Wastewater Treatment Plant is located on Bartman Avenue , in Douglass Township Montgomery County . The Plant's design capacity is 750,000 GD, the receiving stream is Swamp Creek.

Daily operation and maintenance of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and distribution system is contracted to Severn Trent Environmental Services. The Project Manager is Marc DesAutels, and the Assistant Project Manager is Nathan Laucks.

History
Much of the sewer collection system was built circa 1938 as can be seen forged in manhole lids around the Borough. The first treatment plant was located immediately north of Boyertown High School , near the lower parking areas. The Borough built a new treatment plant at its current location, on Bartman Avenue , in 1963.

Passage of the Clean Water Act in the 1970's [http://www.epa.gov/r5water/cwa.htm] , and other environmental concerns, raised the bar on the quality of the water allowed to discharge into waterways of the Commonwealth. Today, the PA Department of Environmental Protection issues and enforces treatment plant effluent discharges. The Borough applies for a discharge permit every five years, which the Department issues with generally tighter quality standards.

The Borough has responded by adding treatment improvements and technical know-how.

In 1978 the 'activated sludge' process was added to breakdown ammonia, and in the 1980's, sand filters were added to improve removal of suspended solids. A belt filter press was installed in 1990 to dewater sludge and lower sludge disposal costs. In 1994, the Borough contracted with a professional water operations company, Severn Trent Services, to manage the wastewater system.