Prior to 2005, the drinking water was owned and operated by the Borough of Coraopolis. The sanitary and storm sewer systems were owned by the Coraopolis Municipal Sanitary Authority (CMSA), however, operated by the borough.
CWSA is committed to distributing safe drinking water, properly disposing of and/or treating sewage and storm water, protecting public health and enhancing public safety through fire protection for its 2,500 residents and businesses throughout Coraopolis.
Six operating ground water wells—the drinking water source for the Borough—produce between 200-500 gallons of water per minute, which is transported to the water treatment plant. Over the course of an eight-hour period, the water treatment facility can process (including iron and manganese removal and water softening) and store some 700,000 gallons of drinking water for later distribution to residential and commercial locations.
Prior to 1958, sewage and storm water flowed untreated into the Ohio River. Through a mandate by the Pennsylvania State Health Board, the Borough began treating sewage in 1958. In 1968, the sewage treatment facility was upgraded to provide more comprehensive wastewater treatment and a subsequent expansion in 1977 allowed the facility to treat average flows of three million gallons per day and peak flows up to 8.7 million gallons. Throughout the 24 miles of sewage collection system, three sewage pumping stations pump sewage from lower elevations to the community’s sewage collection system for transmission to the treatment facility.
Because many of the wells and parts of the sewage collection system originated with the development of the Borough, this important infrastructure is 100 years old or more and in need of repair and/or replacement. While several improvements have been implemented (See News/Projects) since the Authority’s formation in 2005, CWSA developed a $10 million improvement plan to address aging, deteriorated, and deficient portions of both the drinking water and sewage collection systems over the past few years.
CWSA holds it regular public meetings every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Coraopolis Municipal Building.
- Coraopolis Borough spans a total of 1.5 square miles.
- The Borough has a total population of approximately 5,659 with 2,995 households.
Coraopolis Water System
- Serves approximately 2,480 connections, including 2,220 residential connections.
- Serves 29 industrial facilities.
- Average monthly usage by customers: Residential–7,562,982 gallons; Commercial–1,914,820 gallons; Industrial–342,522 gallons
- Source of water for the system includes 6 stable wells with predictable water quality and the capability of producing 200-500 gallons of water a minute.
- Distribution system comprises approximately 24 miles of waterline.
- The capacity of the water treatment facility is 700,000 gallons in 8 hours; 2.2 million gallons in 24 hours.
- Distribution system storage is provided by 3 above-ground tanks at three locations.
- Combined storage volume of the 3 storage tanks is 2,460,000 gallons.
- The system has 158 fire hydrants.
Coraopolis Sewer System
- The system has 3 pumping stations (A pumping station lifts sewage from a lower elevation to the community sewer system to compensate for terrain changes.).