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The Newville Borough Water and Sewer Authority


History and Information


Incorporated in 1957 as a general purpose municipal authority, the Newville Water and Sewer Authority presently provides water and sewer services to the Borough of Newville along with portions of neighboring West Pennsboro Township, North Newton Township and Penn Township. The Authority services all public school facilities within the Big Spring School District and the nearby Green Ridge Village, owned and operated by Presbyterian Homes Inc.


The Authority operates the Cool Spring Water Treatment Plant, Public Water Source Identification Number 7210041, and the Newville Wastewater Treatment Plant, NPDES Permit PA 0046221. The Cool Spring Water Treatment Plant is permitted to produce up to 500,000 gallons per day of public drinking water, while the Newville Wastewater Treatment Plant is capable of treating 600,000 gallons per day of wastewater.


The Authority’s client base includes 807 residential customers, 53 commercial customers, 34 institutional customers and 4 industrial customers. Average daily water production is 210,027 gallons. Average wastewater flow treated on a daily basis totals 247,795 gallon. The authority is capable of meeting the future growth needs of the Big Spring area.


The Authority is operated by a five-member board of directors appointed by the Newville Borough Council. The Authority Board presently consists of Roger A. Hoover, Chairman, William A. Barnhart, Vice Chairman, William R. Boldosser, Secretary/Treasurer, Clarence W. Fry, II, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, and Russell L. Gould, Member. Zachary M. Rice serves as the Authority Solicitor, representing the law firm of Salzmann Hughes, P.C. who has served the Authority continuously since 1996. William F. Hill, P.E. serves as the Authority Engineer, and represents his own company, William F. Hill and Associates of Gettysburg. Mr. Hill has served as the Authority Engineer since 1996. Jeffrey L. Cohick, CPA of Cohick and Associates of Carlisle serves as the Authority accountant .


The Authority is served by a full and part time staff including Authority Manager Fred A. Potzer, Authority Secretary/Treasurer Deborah Piper, Authority Clerk Rebecca Heberlig, Chief Plant Operator Timothy J. Zeigler, Assistant Plant Operator Joseph H. Lehman, Operator Class III Joseph M. Smith, Operator Class III Edmund Strohm. Blue Mountain Excavating of Newville has long served as the Authority’s field contractor.


The Authority is a proud member of the PA Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA) and the PA Rural Water Association (PRWA).


Learn More: Source Water Protection Plan