Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority                         Incorporated October 26, 1939

18 East High Street Manheim, Pa 17545                    Phone 717-665-2737

“Doing our part to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and Our Environment”  

Welcome to the Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority website!

formerly known as Manheim Borough Authority


Thank you for visiting our site, our goal is to help inform our customers.

 The Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority (MAWSA) is a non-profit municipal authority providing public water supply and sanitary sewer service to 3,000 residents in Manheim Borough, portions of Penn Township, and Rapho Township Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The MAWSA supplies public water service to approximately 3,000 customers. The MAWSA wastewater collection system serves almost 2,300 customers. Read More...

On the Right Track

Since its inception in 1939, the Authority has been challenged with meeting the increasing demands of a growing community by making all the necessary upgrades and expansions to the wastewater treatment plant. While some past plant modifications have been made to accommodate the area’s growth, most of the upgrades have been a direct result of state and federal mandates. Regardless of why upgrades are needed, they are costly and can result in the authority’s having to increase sewer rates. Asking the users of the system to help foot the bill for upgrades is not our choice;  READ MORE..... 



A boil water advisory is in effect for South Charlotte Street from and including 305 to 318 South Charlotte Street for service lateral connections being made, to assure your safety during the course of the project. Please boil water from August 31st through September 2.



Available Positions: 

Water/Wastewater Technician



2015 Budget

2015 Rates

2014 Final Audit


The CDC has posted its Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Individuals with Ebola in the United States. This will be updated as needed by the CDC.  In addition, the wastewater community and its consulting microbiologists have gone beyond this guidance, with a document on how agencies can best work with its hospitals in reducing risks from Ebola transmission from human excreta.  This is available at the MABA website.



Inspection Correspondence

Connection compliance letters are being issued to all properties serviced by the Authority, street by street. When you receive your letter, please call early to obtain the most convenient appointment times.

The intent of inspection is not to penalize property owners, but to assure that all connected are following the same guidelines as their neighbors. We understand the inconvenience of the intrusion, and appreciate your cooperation as we move forward with the maintenance and long-term sustainability of our system.






The Authority accepts the following payments in the office. Check, cash, money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  We also accept online payments. A service fee is collected by the processing companies.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 8:00am to Noon and 12:30pm to 4:00pm. After hour drop box conveniently located on both porches at 18 E. High Street Manheim, PA 17545-1506. Payments with check, cash and money orders are also received at Susquehanna Bank, 2 Market Square Manheim, PA 17545.



24 hr. Emergency Service Contact

If you are having a water or sewer service emergency, you can call 24 hrs. a day 7 days a week for prompt service. 

24 hr. Emergency Hotline 717-665-2737

 Rapid Response Emergency Notifications

 The Rapid Response System is utilized to contact constituents in the event of an emergency such a boil  water advisory or a conservation request. Phone call notifications may be used to contact a constituent if there is a pending shut off for the area or for a specific account. It is imperative that customers maintain current contact data to ensure the success of this program.



The guidelines are from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The Manheim Borough Authority is not regulated by the (PUC).Read More...

The Authority adopted the "Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act" for its guidelines for water shutoffs and collections.  Water Shutoff Guidelines





The American Society of Civil Engineers has cited the Manheim Borough Authority as a pioneer of introducing new water metering technology as part of the overall solution of raising PA's drinking water infrastructure grade. 


 Chesapeake Bay

Manheim Area Water & Sewer Authority was required by Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade it's wastewater treatment plant to meet the new standards for the Chesapeake Bay Strategy discharge limits. The project underway is not giving the Authority additional capacity at the plant, it is designed to reduce the nutrients discharged into the tributaries that supply the Chesapeake Bay. The Authority cost for this project is $11 million dollars, the Authority applied for a grants and received $4.3 million dollar from the  H20 PA Act. Completion for construction is the spring of 2011.

Established by the General Assembly in July 2008, the H2O PA Act provides for single-year or multi-year grants. Projects that are eligible for H2O PA grants are those that involve the acquisition, construction, improvement, expansion or rehabilitation of all or part of a water supply, sewage disposal or storm water system. Construction on the project must have begun after Jan. 1, 2007.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Chesapeake Bay Program information. Read More... 

Pennsylvania's Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategies frequently asked questions. (PDF)



What is a Municipal Authority? 

  A Municipal Authority is a form of special-purpose governmental unit in Pennsylvania. The municipal authority is an alternate vehicle for accomplishing public purposes without the direct action of counties, municipalities and school districts. These purposes commonly include the acquisition, financing, construction and operation of projects such as water supply and sewer systems, airports, transit systems, parking garages, flood control systems, parks, and similar entities. An authority may fix and collect rentals or other charges and may issue revenue bonds. A board appointed by the establishing government or governments governs each authority.

Hauled Waste and the Environment

Why Conserve ?



Water Main Breaks 

If you see a water main break please report by calling 717-665-2737.

What is a water main break and frequently asked questions?



Water Leaks and how it affects me.

 Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.

If your toilet is running constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.  Read more...