Current Projects

Current Projects

BREAKNECK CREEK REGIONAL AUTHORITY
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT PROJECT SUMMARY

 

The Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537) requires that every municipality within the Commonwealth develop and maintain an up-to-date sewage facilities plan every five (5) years.  In 2018, an update to the Official Sewage Facilities Plan (Plan) was prepared for the expansion of the Breakneck Creek Regional Authority (BCRA) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).  The Plan was prepared due to the projected growth throughout the BCRA Service Area’s municipalities.  

The Service Area municipalities consists of Mars Borough, Adams Township, Seven Fields Borough, Valencia Borough, portions of Cranberry Township, Forward Township and Middlesex Township in Butler County and portions of Pine Township and Richland Township in Allegheny County.  With the exception of Seven Fields Borough, all of the Service Area municipalities adopted the Plan by Resolution in 2018 and prior to the submission of the Plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP).

The Plan recommends an increase in the capacity of the WWTP from 3,000,000 gallons per day to 4,500,000 gallons per day.  The design and permit applications were prepared in 2019 and in April 2020, PaDEP issued the Water Quality Management Part II Permit for the construction of the expanded WWTP facilities.

The estimated project costs remaining through the completion of construction is $15,246,000. Based on the funding available, BCRA did not qualify for a grant from any of the commonly available funding programs, however, BCRA has sufficient funds for the completion of the project through a loan obtained from Mars Bank.  The current sewer user fees will remain at $25 per month per EDU (Equivalent Dwelling Unit).   Breakneck Creek Regional Authority’s sewage service rate will remain one of the lowest in Western Pennsylvania.

Construction is anticipated to be completed in February 2022.

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