Hanover Township Sewer Authority, Washington County, PA

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NEWSFLASHES!!

The board meeting scheduled for May 17, 2022, has been cancelled.  The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 7 pm at the HTSA sewer treatment plant located at 533 Bavington Road, Burgettstown, PAThe public is welcome to attend these meetings.  Click here for the meeting May agenda.

Hanover Township Sewer Authority is excited to be a vendor for the new Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP).  Sewer bills qualify for these assistance grants. Attached is information on eligibility and application for the program.  Please share this information with others who may benefit from this program.

Click here to see a video about clearing a drain with “flushable” wipes.

Due to a sharp escalation in parts and maintenance costs, HTSA has been forced to raise rates for the first time since 2015.  Effective January 1, 2022, there will be a non-residential customer class implemented along with an increase in usage rates.  Residential customers will see an increase from $6.40 per 1,000 gallons to $6.95 per 1,000 gallons.  Non-residential customers will increase from $6.40 per 1,000 gallons to $7.35 per 1,000 gallons.  For both classes, the 1,000 gallons per month minimum usage will remain in effect.  Well water customers will see increases in the flat rates from $80 per month to $82.06 for residential and $83.56 for non-residential.  The new Rate Schedule is effective January 1, 2022.

Municipal Lien Statement – $35.00 per Property.

HTSA has a customer portal for customers to view their account and payment histories, sign up for e-billing, or make payments on accounts.  The link to the portal is on every page of this website.  Payments with an e-check, credit, or debit card still accepted through the “Pay My Bill” link.  There is a fee to make payments using the “Pay My Bill” link.  Payments made with your checking account through the customer portal are free of charge, while the credit/debit card charges are still subject to the fees.  The reference number that the online payment systems are looking for is your account number.  HTSA also offers Auto-pay at no charge.  Information on this service can be found in Payment Information.

Before the sale of any property connected to the HTSA sewer system, a Dye Test Certification dated within the past 12 months is required to be submitted before a Sewer Lien Letter will be released to a closing company or attorney.  This form can be found under “Forms and Information.”  Contact the Hanover Township Municipal office with any questions regarding Ordinance 116 requirements.  Though any certified plumber can perform the dye test and complete the form, the majority of the property sellers in Hanover Township have used either Jimco Plumbing 304-914-5853, or Jim Meyers & Son Plumbing 412-787-7805.  You do NOT need a dye test that includes a camera inspection; a simple dye test is all that HTSA requires.

Under Forms and Information are articles concerning a DEP warning on flushing wipes, baby/flushable wipes, and a chart on the disposal of household waste.  Because HTSA maintains a low-pressure system with grinder pumps, these articles are especially important.  Charges to repair a grinder pump clogged with “flushable” wipes can be over $1,000.

TIP: If you have a water leak, call PA American Water Company (PAWC) and ask them for a credit.  If they give you a credit for that water leak, HTSA will give you an equal credit in gallons on your sewer bill.  The customer service number for PAWC is 1-800-565-7292.

Delinquencies lists can be found in Payment Information.  It can be expensive to have water service terminated for non-payment of sewer charges.  Some of the fees that will be added to the bill are:  priority letter charges of $25.00 each, site visit fee for posting the notice on the door of $100 each, PAWC shut off/turn on fees of $30 each, HTSA shut off and turn-on fees of $250 each, PAWC lost revenue fee as determined by PAWC, and legal fees, if necessary.  The minimum fees for notices and restoring water service total $710, in addition to the delinquent sewer bills.  Please contact the office to make payment arrangements before incurring these additional charges.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  Only those residents and contractors who have completed the mandatory training session are authorized by HTSA to pick up the grinder pumps and are approved to install the connections.  Individual training sessions can be scheduled for those wishing to self-install or wishing to be added to the contractor’s list.  The cost of this training is $100 per person and takes approximately one hour.  If you need a contractor to install your connection, HTSA is providing a list of the contractors it has authorized to install.  The list of contractors can be found on this site under “Forms and Information.”  Please be aware that HTSA cannot and does not endorse any contractor, but provides the list only for your information and convenience.  You enter into a contract with them at your own risk, so please make sure you understand the contract before signing it.