Did You Know:

In 1755, Hans Christopher Christiansen instituted services for the first public water works in America at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1772, the state of Rhode Island chartered two private water delivery companies in Providence. New York City initially used private wells as its main water source. As the city grew, however, these wells became fouled. In 1799, New York State Assemblyman Aaron Burr (later U.S. vice-president) proposed legislation creating the Manhattan Company. Although this legislation was intended to provide a new source of water supply for the city, it also allowed for any unspent money to be used to create a bank. Burr’s main purpose was the creation of the Manhattan Bank, the forerunner of the Chase Manhattan Bank. The company pursued its banking interests, but it neglected its water-related responsibilities. It was only in 1842 that New York City officials, after considerable study, brought an ample supply of water to the city from the Croton River. 

Sewer Connections

Tapping Fee (updated November 16, 2022)

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  • The Authority's Engineer reviews how the property will be hooked up. A completed professional service agreement and a separate check for $1,000.00 is needed to establish an escrow account to cover the cost of the engineering fees incurred by the Authority.  
  • Submit check for Tapping Fee of $3,469.00 plus dependent on property location, there may be a Special Purpose Fee. The two Special Purpose charges are for connections that utilize the Swamp Creek Pump Station and the Swamp Creek Interceptor. Swamp Creek Pump Station Fee is $1,192.00 and Swamp Creek Interceptor Fee is $1,928.00.  Please note the tapping fee is subject to change.  Please confirm with the Authority before proceeding with this step.
  • Your plumber must alert Brady L. Flaharty at 484-866-9669 when the work will start on your connection to the public sanitary sewer system. Any inspections that are required for this project, must be scheduled by your plumber, allowing 48 hours’ notice.
Sewer rental will begin at the time of connection to the public sewer system.  Quarterly bills are mailed in January, April, July and October.  The current rate is $150.00 per EDU, and it is due 30 days after the bill date.  Please be aware that if you have not connected within 60 days, sewer rental charges will begin on the sixty-first day.  In addition, failure to connect within the required period can result in the Township entering your property, constructing the connection and billing you for the cost.  This, of course, would be a last resort, and not an option that the Township would expect or want to exercise.

All accounts that have checks returned for non-sufficient funds will incur a $50.00 non-sufficient fund fee.

New Hanover Township Sewer Authority

2990 Fagleysville Road 
Gilbertsville, PA 19525 
Phone: 610-754-6432 
Fax: 610-754-1492 
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00AM – 3:00PM+

For Billing Questions

Michele Smith
Finance Director
E-mail: msmith@newhanover-pa.org
Phone: 610-323-1008  ext. 105
Fax: 610-323-5173

Superintendent: Kirt Michaels

E-mail: kmichaels@newhanover-pa.org
Phone: 610-323-1008 ext. 406
Fax: 610-754-1492+