Joint Press Release
Columbia Borough, Columbia Municipal Authority, Lancaster Area Sewer Authority
Date: May 28, 2015
Columbia finalizes sale of sewer system to Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA)
Columbia Borough and the Columbia Municipal Authority finalized a $20.6 Million sale of the Columbia sewer system to the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) on May 27, 2015, completing a process that started with discussions nearly a decade ago. LASA is a regional municipal sewer authority which will now serve almost 37,000 customers representing nearly 100,000 citizens and 1,300 businesses. When a new pump station and force main are completed, Columbia wastewater will be treated at LASA's existing plant. LASA Executive Director Mike Kyle said "A regional approach to sewer service makes it possible to keep rates reasonable and stable, while still complying with ever more stringent regulatory and permit requirements. We are happy to welcome our neighbor Columbia to LASA."
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Press Release: 1/5/15
EPA Again Awards Top Score to LASA Program
The Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA) recently received the highest possible rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for operation of its Industrial Pretreatment Program, earning a score of 100 out of 100 on its 2013 Annual Report. This is the second consecutive year that LASA has achieved a rating of 100. According to EPA, LASA is one of only two POTWs that have ever received a rating of 100 in two consecutive years.
The industrial pretreatment program is designed to reduce the level of pollutants discharged by industrial and other non-domestic wastewater sources into municipal sewer systems, and thereby, reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment from these sources. This acknowledgement recognizes LASA employees for their commitment to improving water quality through work in inspecting, permitting, sampling and overall oversight of its industrial users discharging to the sewer system.
LASA serves seven member municipalities in the western part of Lancaster County, including the Boroughs of East Petersburg and Mountville, and the Townships of East Hempfield, West Hempfield, Lancaster, Manheim, and Manor. The system includes the Susquehanna Water Pollution Control Facility which has a capacity to treat 15 million gallons of wastewater per day, 38 pumping stations and approximately 500 miles of pipeline. The service area encompasses a population of about 107,500 or approximately 23% of the County’s population. The guiding principal of the Authority is to provide quality service and apply technology to process wastewater so as to protect and enhance the environment, health and well-being of the community at a reasonable cost.
If you would like more information about the Authority, please visit LASA’s website at www.lasa.org.