Founded in 1962, Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) has been providing wastewater treatment service for residents of Luzerne County since 1969. WVSA’s service area includes 36 municipalities, including 14 member municipalities. The original 14 municipalities have council-appointed representatives on the Authority's Board of Directors.
WVSA has roughly 95,000 equivalent dwelling units (EDU) in its service area, which includes 172,000 residents who benefit from our wastewater treatment service. There are 800 miles of sanitary collection lines throughout our service area and 14,800 manholes. On average, WVSA receives and treats an average of 25 million gallons of wastewater daily. Wastewater is water and sewage that enters WVSA’s wastewater treatment plant from homes, industries, schools and businesses, in addition to stormwater runoff and ground water.
Wastewater treatment aims to remove as much of the suspended solids as possible before the remaining water, called effluent, is discharged back to the environment. Clean water is critical to plants and animals that live in water. It also helps protect public health from disease-carrying bacteria and viruses.
As MS4 (Municipal Separate Sewer Storm Systems) Administrator, WVSA has assumed the responsibilities of regional stormwater management. Under existing federal law, municipalities in Northeastern Pennsylvania must curb pollution of the Susquehanna River by as much as 10% in the next five years (2023).
The Regional Stormwater Management Program (RSMP) is a comprehensive program developed and implemented by the WVSA to address stormwater issues, including, but not limited to, reductions in stormwater runoff rate and volume, improvements to water quality, compliance with state/federal regulatory permit requirements, and overall management of the stormwater systems.
Learn more about the RSMP.