BTWSA Monthly Meeting

The Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority’s September Meeting is being held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, beginning at 7 p.m. The Agenda for this meeting can be viewed here.

Our monthly Board Meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Authority Building, located at 377 Cedarcrest Drive, Duncansville, PA. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance!

Regardless of your vaccination status, please continue to wear a mask indoors when other people are present.

Please join us at our next Authority meeting!

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Having Trouble Paying your Water and Sewer Bills?

There is a Temporary Emergency Program called LIHWAP (Low Income Household Water Assistance Program) to help low-income families pay overdue water and wastewater bills.

Apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us or call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 877-395-8930. Applications are also available at your local county assistance office.

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Flushing Water Mains and Fire Hydrants

As an essential part of our water system’s maintenance program, the Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority opens hydrants in the spring and fall to “flush” minerals and deposits from our water mains.  Water main flushing is necessary to preserve water quality in our water distribution system.

When crews are working in your area, you may notice a temporary drop in water pressure or discolored water.  This is normal and should subside after our maintenance technicians have moved out of your area.

Try to limit your water usage during flushing hours to avoid drawing sediment into your own system.  We apologize for the inconvenience that flushing our water system causes, but we strive to provide you with the highest quality water at the tap, and flushing is needed to meet that goal.

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Check for Leaks!

Most leaks result from worn washers in household faucets and showerheads.  These fixtures should be checked often for even the smallest leak.  Repairing this type of leak is as easy as replacing the washer or “O” ring.

The toilet is one of the most common water wasters but these leaks tend to be harder to notice than faucet leaks.  Toilet leaks may occur at the overflow pipe, flapper valve, or at the plunger ball inside the tank.

Although you may not see or hear water running, your toilet may have a silent leak.  Drop a little food coloring in the tank and wait approximately 15 minutes.  If it appears in the bowl, you have a leak.

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“Flushable” and “Sewer Safe” Products Clog our Sewer Mains

Many products on the market today claim to be “sewer safe” and “flushable,” but they are not biodegradable and clog our sewer mains.

Nonwoven materials, feminine hygiene products, condoms, some facial wipes, kitty litter, and diapers are labeled as flushable but are causing problems in the wastewater collection system.

Please do not flush damaging products down the toilet!
As a general rule of thumb, ONLY FLUSH HUMAN WASTE AND TOILET PAPER!

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Call 811 Before You Dig! It’s Free and It’s the Law!

You need to notify PA One Call by dialing 811 every time you dig!

Some examples of when to call include, but are not limited to:
Building a garage, swimming pool, patio, or deck
Planting trees and shrubs
Installing a fence, including a pet perimeter fence
Erecting a basketball hoop, flag pole, or mailbox

Call 811 before you dig!  It’s free and it’s the law!

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How To Keep Water Pipes from Freezing

During the cold winter months as outdoor temperatures plunge, water pipes in unheated areas likes garages, basements, and attics can freeze, causing you to lose your water service. It is important to protect your water pipes from freezing. Here are a few preventative measures a homeowner can do to avoid frozen water lines:

  • Insulate pipes in your Garage, Basement, Attic, and Crawl spaces
  • Wrap pipes with Heat Tape
  • Seal Leaks that allow cold air inside, near where pipes are located (around electrical wiring, dryer vents, other pipes)
  • Keep Garage Doors closed to protect water supply lines
  • Open Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Don’t reduce thermostat temperatures overnight

We hope these simple tips help to prevent cold weather problems from occurring with your water lines. But if you experience a loss of water for any reason, you are always welcome to call us at Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority! We are just a phone call away!

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Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

House fires occur more frequently in the wintertime – primarily because of the hazards associated with heating a home.  In an emergency, every second matters.  Fire hydrants that are blocked, concealed, or difficult to access due to snow can impede emergency fire response.

You can do your part to help emergency fire responders by keeping nearby fire hydrants accessible and clear of ice and snow.  In addition to removing the snow that is covering the hydrant itself, it is important to clear a 3-foot perimeter around the hydrant, and to maintain a shoveled path from the street or driveway to the fire hydrant, so that it is visible from the road and firefighters can easily access it.  Keeping hydrants clear of snow can mean easier access to water, and more time doing what really matters – fighting the fire.

Help keep your home and family safe from winter fire hazards by ensuring the fire hydrants in your neighborhood are clear and readily accessible in an emergency.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Information for Our Customers

As we emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are beginning to lift the coronavirus restrictions we put in place in March of 2019. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past year. For the safety of our employees and our customers, we are continuing to keep our Walk-In Lobby area closed. However, we will be happy to wait on you at our Drive-Up Window during Office Hours. Payments must be in the form of Check, Money Order, or Cash. We do not accept Credit or Debit Cards.

You may still use our Night Depository (located outside, just before the Drive-Up Window area) or US Mail to pay your Water and Sewer bill. You may pay by Check, Money Order, or Cash.

Our monthly Board Meetings are held IN PERSON in the Conference Room of the Authority Building. Authority meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m., unless otherwise advertised. Regardless of your vaccination status, please continue to wear a mask indoors when other people are present. Please plan to join us at one of our Authority meetings! We welcome your attendance.

We are available to answer any questions you may have. Our Office Hours are 7 AM – 3 PM Weekdays. We can be reached at (814) 695-6300. Thank you again for your understanding and patience during this challenging time.

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New 911 Addresses needed for our files

If your address was changed by 911, please contact us to update your file!

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