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rswa officeAs 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.

RS&W Seeks Qualified Members in Good Standing


The Nominating Committee for Roamingwood Sewer & Water Association is seeking qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. There will be one (1) position open in this election year. The term of office is three (3) years. Qualified candidates must be Members in good standing and be available to attend regular monthly meetings of the Board. Board Members receive no compensation.

MEMBERS WHO WANT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR NOMINATION BY THE COMMITTEE MUST SUBMIT A LETTER OF INTEREST BY 4:00 PM, FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2022.

This short letter expressing interest in being nominated should include: 1) name, address and lot number; 2) brief resume of work and volunteer experience; 3) short statement as to why you would like to be a Board Member.

Notice of the Committee’s decision will be mailed to all persons expressing interest by Wednesday June 22, 2022. In this notice, the Committee will ask candidates to answer two written questions, the answers to which will be used in the ‘Election Newsletter’. It is important that you answer the questions, so that your complete views are expressed.

Further election information and other important dates will be published in the June edition of The Hideabout.

REMEMBER! EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST SOON!

Direct all inquiries to: Nominating Committee, P.O. Box 6, Lake Ariel, PA 18436,
or hand deliver your Letter of Interest to the RS&W office Monday-Friday between 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

 

Project Information

The Final Piece of the Project To Begin This Year

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  • rehabilitation of two 1.0-million-gallon equalization tanks and associated aeration system
  • rehabilitation of two secondary clarifier units
  • replacement of two aerobic digesters
  • replacement of emergency generator
  • replacement of electrical equipment, which power all plant operations and related electrical controls
  • rehabilitation and repurposing of the existing Control/Operations building
  • the addition of a maintenance garage
  • new chemical feed for copper removal
  • replacement of chorine disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) disinfection
  • miscellaneous pumps, valves and ancillary equipment replacement and Odor Control.

 

It has been a long road, as we prepare this final stage of construction for commencement. Our goal is to break ground by mid to late summer 2022. The estimated duration of the project construction will be approximately 2 years. As we near the end of this Water & Sewer replacement project, it is important to note that of the $81 plus million dollars needed to complete this project, over $19 million dollars of this was from grants awarded to South Wayne County Water & Sewer Authority. An overall 24% reduction in our loan debt service, spanning all 4 stages. In this final stage alone, of the almost $14.9 million dollar price tag, $4.7 million dollars is a grant, reducing the loan to $10.2 million dollars. A cost reduction of 32%!

These numbers are unprecedented in our area. It would not take much research to reveal that in the scope of the national crisis on water and sewer infrastructure, the Hideout Community is in the best shape it can be in. In the past 10 years the Management and both the RS&W & South Wayne Boards have sought out every available resource, securing a future for this community.

The reality is, we have pledged and will continue to create a system that is sustainable, maintained and protected going forward.

So, we will ask once again, to be patient for a bit longer once this final stage of construction gets underway.

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Grant Information

USDA Invests $14 Million in Infrastructure Project for People in Rural Wayne County

wwtp aerialName: Daniel Blottenberger
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: (717) 237-2153
City: Harrisburg
Release Date: Mar 16, 2022

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director of Rural Development Bob Morgan today announced the Department is investing $14 million on infrastructure in rural Wayne County, Pa.

The South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority will receive a Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant of $14,879,000 to upgrade their wastewater treatment plant for their public sewer system. The plant currently serves residential communities located in Salem and Lake Townships, Pa. The plant is more than 40 years old, and the components have reached the end of their useful life.

“An investment in infrastructure of this magnitude will directly impact the lives of rural Americans in Pennsylvania,” Morgan said. “President Biden has created a roadmap for how we can build a better America, and this project is another milestone in that plan. With the build a better America agenda, USDA will be able to fund more critical projects in Pennsylvania like those announced today in the coming months and years.”

Since 2020, USDA Rural Development has invested $28 million in Wayne County through its more than 40 programs. In addition, more than $103 million was obligated in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District.

“Upgrading our aging infrastructure is a top priority and an important part of how we bolster opportunity and prosperity,” said Rep. Matt Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I have been and will remain a strong advocate for programs like this and will do all I can to help our communities get the funds they need to be attractive and safe places to live, work and play.”

The project will receive additional funding of a $3,879,000 loan and a $539,000 grant. The investment follows a more than $10 million loan and grant combination that was obligated in 2019.

Planning for the project began as early as 2003, and the Authority was happy to see the project come to fruition.

“[We] are very excited to have received the grant, as well as the low interest loans for our facility upgrades,” Jack Lennox, executive director for Roamingwood Sewer and Water, agent of, South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority wrote in an email. “[The communities] will have one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country along with having a brand-new infrastructure.”

Background:  
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care facilities; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. Under the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, ensuring access to healthy and nutritious food in all communities by building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate, smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

Final Approval Granted from USDA and Regulating Agencies to Bid Treatment Plant Facility Upgrade Project

We are VERY EXCITED to be making the following announcement:

Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association Agent of South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority has received formal approvals from regulating agencies and USDA (funding sources) to advertise bidding for the upgrading to the wastewater treatment plant upgrades. All project documents and engineering designs have been reviewed and approved to be compliant with all State and Federal requirements and, as required, has been reviewed to be compliant with Open and Free Competition.

This project is estimated at a cost of $10,500,000 including an awarded a $4,210,000 grant to assist Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association. This project includes extensive upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant facility, that has been in operation for nearly 40 years now and serves over 4,000 properties within the Hideout Community. Most of the treatment equipment and facility buildings are original and will be updated in this 10.5-million-dollar renovation.

The project includes upgrades and replacement of equipment at the wastewater treatment plant, which includes:

  • rehabilitation of two 1.0-million-gallon equalization tanks and associated aeration system
  • rehabilitation of two secondary clarifiers units
  • replacement of two aerobic digesters
  • replacement of emergency generator
  • replacement of electrical equipment, which power all plant operations and related electrical controls
  • rehabilitation and repurposing of the existing Control/Operations building
  • the addition of a maintenance garage
  • new chemical feed for copper removal
  • replacement of chorine disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) disinfection
  • miscellaneous pumps, valves and ancillary equipment replacement and Odor Control.

With these treatment plant updates, and in concert with the recently upgraded low pressure sewer & water infrastructure, this puts these systems as one of the most advanced systems in the country.

These wastewater treatment plant upgrades can improve operations and continue to provide reliable State and Federal regulatory complaint service to the community. In addition, the grant will provide for stable rates in the near future.

—Jack Lennox, Executive Director, RS&W

 

www.roamingwood.com/docs/pdf/press/RSWA_Article_FinalApprovalUSDAGrantWWTP_20210730.pdf

Odor Statement

Odor Is A Top Priority


Dear Hideout Community,
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Roamingwood Sewer & Water (RS&W) would like to assure the community, that your concerns regarding odors coming from our wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) have been heard and aggressively addressed. We will cover, in this letter, a brief history of the Hideout’s conveyance system, the odors coming from the plant, the causes of these odors and the remediation efforts that have taken place to mitigate this issue going forward.

Although we have addressed in many past articles the lifespan of the original system, we would like to offer a brief history for our newer homeowners in the community. Thirty years ago, the Hideout installed, a community wide drinking water, gravity sewer conveyance system and WWTP. At that time, the WWTP was designed specifically for this system and worked effectively. Throughout the years, however, the system deteriorated to a point, that by 2010, it was experiencing 70% infiltration of groundwater into our influent volume of the sewage treatment system, along with numerous water main breaks. As this deterioration was increasing, modifications had to be made to the existing treatment process, to address a higher volume of groundwater in our waste system. Subsequently, RS&W was required to prepare a mandated Corrective Action Plan in 2010. This was completed with BCM Engineering and in cooperation with PaDEP, to replace the entire water and sewer infrastructure. As of 2018, all three (3) stages have been completed. The completion of this project, in conjunction with the installation of a completely new Low-Pressure Pump System (LPPS), has once again changed the dynamic of our treatment process, ultimately, the primary culprit of our current odor situation. RS&W is now in the process of a fourth (4th) and final stage, a redesign of our WWTP. This design will address process upgrades and modifications, to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies and improve on minimizing odors emitted from the plant. It must be stated, there will never be a 100% eradication of odors, but the appropriate process will reduce it to more infrequent occurrences and significantly less offensive levels.

Odor Control has been a priority and non-stop effort for our staff. RS&W has taken, aggressive measures to minimize odors from the WWTP. Our primary control sources are currently two (2) permanent odor control stations, installed in Stage Two (2) and Stage Three (3) of the Infrastructure Project. These stations are visible on Lakeview Dr E by the dam and Lakeview Dr W across from Deerfield Rd. They inject a chemical called Endimal into the waste system and are increased or decreased in correlation to demand. Additionally, in summer 2019, when the odors were at their highest, an Endimal injection site had been set up at our Headworks, this is where the system first releases the raw sewage to the atmosphere, and it successfully reduced them. What we have seen is the odor issue is being resolved up to the plant, but then are regenerating through our treatment process. Our most recent attempt to mitigate odor, was to inject Endimal directly into our digesters, as this is the area where the source of the odors are emanating. To further mitigate this situation, the frequency of our sludge removal has been increased, to minimize the opportunity for it to emit odors.

RS&W has consulted with several agencies whose primary function is to monitor and mitigate odors, associated with wastewater. Professionals have been brought in to test our sewage and perform air sampling, to calculate the appropriate Endimal dosage rates to minimize odors. It is not just simply a matter of applying a chemical, it is important that we are applying the correct chemical for our needs. Results have indicated the Endimal product is the appropriate chemical for our system’s needs. To ensure this is done efficiently and effectively, specific testing is being performed to ensure the levels we are injecting, are not affecting the Nitrification Process in our WWTP. The odor control buildings monitoring equipment are being integrated into our Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) to allow programming to inject appropriate levels of chemical, as well as, to alert our staff to issues. This allows our staff to remediate the issues more quickly and efficiently. RS&W has also recently purchased three (3) air sampling instruments to assist in continually optimizing any odors from the wastewater system.

We appreciate your frustrations, and while we await the groundbreaking to renovate the WWTP, all measures and resources available to our organization, will be pursued to minimize the odors that occur, in the areas around the plant.

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!!! 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

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...