We are writing to inform you that DEP Acting Secretary Rich Negrin, on behalf of Governor Josh Shapiro, announced drought declarations on June 15, 2023. All 67 counties are in Drought Watch.
The declarations are in response to low stream flows, declining groundwater levels, and persistent precipitation deficits.
In a drought watch, we should all be seeking to reduce water use by about 5 percent through voluntary conservation measures.
In addition, should bans on nonessential water use become mandatory, water rationing may be approved, if necessary, by the Commonwealth Drought Coordinator, as an agent of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council. Prudent use of our resources now can help to prevent, or at least delay, the need for emergency measures later.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 215-453-6065 M-Th 8am to 4pm and Fri 8am to 12 pm.
Jim Groff, HTWSA Manager
Wipes and Personal Hygiene Products Clog Sewer Lines
Unfortunately, many household products are labeled and marketed as DISPOSABLE and/or FLUSHABLE; many baby and adult personal hygiene products, along with household wipes and cleaning towelettes are labeled both disposable and flushable. While these products may be marketed as a convenience item in this way, the truth is that these types of items have the ability to clog and stop up not only the sewer line on your property, but can also cause blockage and service problems in the public sewer system and pump stations.
Unlike toilet paper, these products DO NOT break down once they are flushed and can lead to an expensive repair to the sewer line on your property.
On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together, causing very large obstructions and clogs in the main collector lines and pump stations; which can lead to costly repairs and or replacement of equipment.
The following items should NEVER be flushed into the sewer system:
Disinfecting/surface wipes, Baby wipes, Jewelry wipes, Cosmetic wipes, Disposable diapers or liners, Cotton swabs, Toilet cleaning pads, Mop or Swiffer type refills, Paper Towels, Pet care wipes, First Aid wipes, Bio-pads, Feminine hygiene products, Prophylactics, Any moist type towelette.
Simply put - Do not flush any consumer item that is not toilet paper.
Starting Monday June 14, 2021, our office will be operating on a new schedule. The hours we will be open are as follows:
Monday- Thursday 7:30am-4:00pm
Should an emergency arise you may always contact the office at: 215-453-6065