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rswa officeWelcome to the Roamingwood Sewer & Water website!
As a customer of RS&W, we ask that you visit this website on a regular basis to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest information or announcements. Through this website, we have provided access to many documents to help answer your questions and to update you on projects, events, and initiatives that relate to your water and sewer service. We are in the process of updating our website to better connect with our customers and the community, and we will be working to keep the information as current as possible. If there is anything that you feel should be added, clarified, or if there is a website bug/error, please let us know via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stage 3 Paving Announcement

Last updated: 07/12/2019

The major construction, including paving, associated with the sewer and water infrastructure replacement project is now complete. The contractor is now focused on completing the punch list and all of the complaints that were logged into our system. The contractor cannot close out the project until all complaints are resolved and the punch list is completed. However, they are making decent progress through the community and the contract will be closing soon, so if there is a problem with your property and you would like our inspector to look at it please call the office and set up an appointment.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, please call (570) 698-6162 with any questions or concerns.

 -Jack Lennox, Executive Director RS&W

Upcoming Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting is on

Saturday, October 12th 2019

at 9 AM at our Main Office.

The September 25th 2019 meeting

has been CANCELLED.

Click Here for Future Board Meetings

Service Notices

Ground Water & Storm Water Issues

 

In 2010 Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association (RSWA) and the Board of Directors commissioned our Engineers to prepare a “Comprehensive Master Plan” to investigate our Sewer and Water Infrastructure and related problems we were encountering.

From this investigation, it was determined that only 37% of the Water pumped from our 5 wells was making it to our homes. Additionally, 80% of what was conveyed to the RSWA treatment plant was groundwater, and the remaining 20% sewage. The number of cracks and broken, failing infrastructure was incredible, with over 300 leaks a year. “Seems like yesterday every single road within our Community was full of repairs.” Having this knowledge, it was now our legal responsibility to notify the PA Department of Environmental Protection, which we did and then were required to develop a Corrective Action Plan which comprised of the same strategies that was part of our Comprehensive Master Plan. The PA DEP reviewed and approved our methodologies, strategies, and sequencing of the same which included installation and abandonment of our facilities, pump stations, and model strategies. Over 123 miles of Water and Sewer infrastructure/piping have been designed and installed to give us complete system integrity.

Through some very big partnerships with PENNVEST, USDA, and Bond Counsel, RSWA was able to complete the biggest project of its kind in North America and received awards for the same. It has become a model project in which people from all over the country ask about. We are extremely fortunate to have been on the forefront with such financial success, which will most likely not be the same for other communities with failing infrastructure and in need of funding.

This water that was mandated to take off our system, is now looking for a new home, as it should have naturally been doing all along. While we are aware and have assisted in redirecting some of the water, the ultimate responsibility is with the POA and their stormwater management team. We have met and assisted the POA on numerous occasions and have shared homeowner complaints. We have also provided the POA with some free professional engineering for the same. It is also worthy to note that we have had some record rainfalls that keeps the ground saturated and it does not allow the groundwater table time to reside, thus creating additional water issues that RS&W is NOT required to manage.

Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association did offer to get involve and manage the stormwater system on behalf of the community, but our proposal was denied with by POA Board of Directors.

Water and sewer are Roamingwood’s Public Health responsibilities and we take them very seriously on behalf of this community.

 

Odor Control Near Wastewater Treatment Plant

Please be advised that RS&W is doing EVERYTHING we can to contain/eliminate odors within the new low-pressure sewer system and down at our wastewater treatment plant.

odorcontrol article

Some things to consider:

Being that our system is completely replaced, everything is new and sealed tight. There is no groundwater infiltration or broken water lines that used to allow the excess water into the system to dilute it, nor are there any pump stations to push and release odors. This means all the wastewater that is received at our treatment plant is at full concentration before it releases to the atmosphere.

In Stage 2, we installed an odor control station on Lakeview Drive East, which injects a concentrated oxidizer to eliminate odors before it gets airborne at the wastewater treatment plant. We are also in the process of installing a second odor control station on Lakeview Drive West to help eliminate odors from the last and third final stage of construction. Hopefully this will treat and eliminate most of the odors before reaching the atmosphere at the treatment plant.

To reduce odors in specific locations that require air relief to the system, RS&W has installed, and will continue to install, a highly effective single air scrubbing device, within those areas that require attention.

During this time of the year, we sometimes experience what is called, “Temperature Inversion”. It’s when air becomes trapped low to the ground for longer periods of time and it’s prevented from dispersing into the atmosphere.

Also keep in mind, there’s little that can be done to prevent some odor with the increased population we have been seeing on the weekends. The higher concentration will fluctuate but has always had a direct correlation to plant odor to some degree.

-Jack Lennox, Executive Director RS&W

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Latest Reports

Annual Water Quality Report 2019 Available Now

The Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association is issuing the results of monitoring conducted on your drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2018. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.  You will receive a copy of the report in your mail in the month of April. Additional copies of the report are available at the RS&W Office.  

Drinking water, know what’s in it for you!

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An investigation into the booming industry of personal care wipes and what all those wipes are doing to America's sewage system.


!!! CALL RS&W BEFORE YOU DIG !!!
A message from our Project Manager

DxDNkOIXcAAg4GWAs the sewer and water project nears completion, one important fact to realize, as a property owner with an EcoTran basin, is the presence of an underground wire on your property running from the control box to the grinder pump.

If you plan on excavating or performing any renovations that require earth disturbance like an addition or a deck, a mandatory PA1 call must be made, by your contractor, to locate your wire prior to any earth disturbance.

Be advised any damage that occurs to the wire or control box, as the homeowner, you will be financially responsible for the repair costs.

Call: To place a dig or design notification in Pennsylvania, please call 8-1-1 or 1-800-242-1776 (outside PA) or visit: www.roamingwood.com/811

!!! WATER & SEWER SERVICE LATERAL LIFESPAN & RESPONSIBILITY !!!


Many of the homes in the Hideout are approaching the 20-30-year-old mark. Likely, so are their Water & Sewer laterals that run from the house to the service connection. This is the average lifespan of a water service line. Sewer lines, generally being made of rigid plastic piping, tend to withstand a heartier lifespan, but are not immune to earth’s ever shifting surface.

Per RS&W Rules & Regulations, the service lines are the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain and repair. With the increasing number of houses in the above-mentioned age range, we are seeing a steady rate of water service line leaks. This often takes a homeowner by surprise, not only emotionally, but financially as well. A repair / replacement usually consists of hiring an excavator to dig the line and lay a new one. It can become an expensive project. There are not many options available, other than putting aside funds for such emergencies or looking into a Service Lateral Insurance policy. RS&W encourages members to research their options and contact their own Homeowners Insurance Companies to educate yourself.

Unfortunately, most broken sewer laterals can go undetected for a long period of time. As the RS&W infrastructure replacement project heads into the completion of its 3rd and final stage, our crews have been, as a requirement mandated by the PaDEP, scoping the sewer service laterals of every gravity line home in the community. To date, several letters have been sent to homeowners in Stages 1, 2 & 3 advising them of broken, blocked or otherwise concerning issues found during this process. We expect there to be more to come, as we are receiving the final reports for Stage 3, from the contractor. PaDEP is requiring that all infiltration issues be repaired, as part of the overall Corrective Action Plan as it affects the overall efficiency and environmental impact of our system. Homeowner’s who are notified of an immediate need must respond accordingly and have the lateral repaired. Fines and Fees will be assessed to any noncompliant permits issued in these instances. Most sewer lateral repairs are “spot fixes” and can generally be completed quickly and cost effectively.

RS&W is aware that a repair like this can come as an unexpected shock. We will do our best to work with homeowners, regarding time, in getting these repairs completed. However, please understand, a water lateral repair can affect our water loss significantly and will generally have to be addressed more quickly, should we not be able to leave service off until the repair is completed.

If you have questions regarding any of the information provided, please feel free to contact RS&W and we will gladly assist you. We thank you and we look forward to your anticipated cooperation, as we head toward a new era in our community with a healthy water/sewer infrastructure and environment to enjoy for years to come.

IMPORTANT
IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
Sewer Service Lateral Repair Letter
Service Line Leak Repair Letter

PLEASE CONTACT ROAMINGWOOD SEWER & WATER
FOR ASSISTANCE IN RESOLVING THESE ISSUESAS SOON AS POSSIBLE

!!! IMPORTANT INFORMATION !!!
Ejector Pump Replacement
Addendum to Rules & Regulations Book

RS&W Management and Board of Directors would like to clarify the purpose and scope of the letter that was recently sent to all members. In our efforts to address, what will be, a future necessity regarding the safety and operation of the new Low-Pressure Pump System (LPPS), the letter sent out may not have accurately addressed the scope of the new amendment to our Rules & Regulations. In light of the confusion over the letter’s verbiage, some changes have been made to the E3.a rule’s wording. These changes will hopefully clarify who is directly affected by this amendment.

Requirement of the permit and type of pump, as indicated in Rule E12.

SEWAGE PUMP SYSTEM
E12. All sewage ejection pumps in The Hideout must be installed in the structure and / or immediately adjacent to the structure and must be using either a Barnes Indoor Unit OGVH 2022 L or Barnes Outdoor Unit OGVH 2022 CE to be compatible with RS&W system requirements. Basin capacity must be 50 gallon.

Please see below how the rule may affect you:

Retrofit Pump (direct grinder ejection pump inside/adjacent to the structure installed during the Infrastructure Replacement Project) – Future replacement of the pump requires a permit and the purchase of a compatible pump for the LPPS.

Ejector pump to EcoTran Basin (indirect pump inside/adjacent to structure) – Future replacement of the pump requires permit to confirm system will NOT be affect by replacement of pump in house.

EcoTran Basin (rock covered basin at the street, maintained by RS&W) – EcoTran basin customers are NOT affected by this rule. Ejector Pump Replacement- Addendum to Rules & Regulations Book 

PERMITS
E3.a All Pumps located inside the home or immediately adjacent to the structure, must obtain a non-monetary permit, approved by RS&W, prior to purchase or replacement of the pump. ALL retrofitted direct grinder ejection pumps, installed by RS&W during the Infrastructure Replacement Project, MUST be compatible with the new Low-Pressure Pump System (LPPS).

Click Here for RS&W's Rules & Regulations

About Roamingwood Sewer & Water Association

We are responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 40 miles of water distribution mains and over 48 miles of wastewater (sewage) collection mains. Our staff, which performs these vital functions, has a total of over 125 years of work experience at RS&W.  Learn More...