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1.) Is my home or property connected to the Wind Gap Municipal sanitary sewer system?
If you feel there is a question of whether your home or business is connected to the sewer system, please call the WGMA Administrator @ 610-863-7770.

2.) Where do I find out where the Wind Gap sanitary sewer lines are?
If you need to know where the sanitary sewers are because excavation work is being planned or for any other reason call the WGMA Plant Supervisor @ 610-863-9266 BEFORE you dig.

3.) How often do I receive a bill? And how is my bill calculated?
Sewer bills are sent each calendar quarter end. The quarterly bill is comprised of an EDU charge of $38.00 per EDU together with a Consumption charge of $6.50 per thousand gallons of water consumed for the quarter.

4.) What are my options for paying my bill?
Payment for sewer bills are accepted in person or by mail at the First Northern Bank & Trust Co., 6663 Sullivan Trail, Wind Gap, PA 18091 or at the Authority Administrative Office at 16 South Broadway, Suite 3, Wind Gap, PA.

5.) Who do I call if I have a sewer backup, sewer odor, or sewer related emergency? What if I have Pennsylvania AWR Water and Sewer Line Protection?
First call the WGMA Plant Supervisor @ 610-863-9266 whether or not you have Pennsylvania AWR Water and Sewer Line Protection. Sewer systems are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Plant Supervisor will come to determine if there is a problem with your sewer line or the Municipal Authority Main Line at no cost to the home owner.

If you have AWR Water and Sewer Line Protection: If there is a problem with the home owner’s line he will then inform you to call the Pennsylvania AWR (who will charge you a $50.00 service charge to investigate your problem) or a plumber to rectify your sewer line problem.

6.) What can I dump down the sewers or my drains?
Preventing Drain Clogs & Sewer Blockages
• Prevent drain clogs and sewer blockages by putting meat fats, cooking oil, lard, shortening, butter, margarine, or any other types of grease and fat in the trash, not down the drain. When grease is washed down the drain, it sticks to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the main sewer lines in the street.) Over time, it builds up and can block an entire pipe.

• Garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the sewer lines, they only shred it into smaller pieces. Commercial additives, including detergents that claim to dissolve grease, may pass it down the line and cause problems away from the source.

Don't put produce stickers down the drain.

Do use baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and empty them into the trash or compost them.

Do scrape grease and food scraps from cooking surfaces into a container and put in the trash can, or compost them.

• Keep roots out of sewer pipelines by planting trees and bushes away from your home building sewer and lateral connection to the sewer line.

Grease-blocked sewer pipe can result in:
• Sewage overflows in your home or your neighbor's home

• Expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often must be paid for by the property owner. The average cleanup cost is about $3,000 which does not include replacing carpets and repairing walls.

• Possible contact with disease-causing organisms

• An increase in operation and maintenance costs by the WGMA treatment system, which causes higher sewer bills for customers.

Thanks for doing your part to keep fats, oils and greases out of the sewer!!

When it comes to bathroom disposal...
Think trash not toilets. The label may say “flushable,” but disposable wipes and other products are clogging our sewer lines and damaging expensive pumps and equipment. Drains, toilets and trash cans are not all the same. Disposing of trash down drains and toilets causes severe damages to your household plumbing and will lead to sewer overflows and back-ups that cause harm to human health and our local environment and wastewater system. If it isn't from your body or toilet paper, put it in the trash, or recycle, instead of the toilet.

       

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