Collection System Staff

The collection system is operated and maintained by a staff of 17 people, and is headed by the Collection System Superintendent. All staff members require licenses issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in this field to assure competency.

Collection System Superintendent
Our Collection System Superintendent is
Richard (Dick) Lahr, whose experience in the field of wastewater collection and treatment began in 1974. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and has furthered his education through California State University's Continuing Education Program in the areas of Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation, and Wastewater Collection Systems Operation and Maintenance. He was a recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Water Quality Association's Collection System Safety Award. He is currently licensed as a Certified Wastewater System Operator - Class A,E - subclass 1,2,3,4 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation.

The Collection System Superintendent is responsible for overseeing the following activities:
Development Construction Inspection
Lift Station Maintenance and Construction
Mainline Maintenance
Inflow / Infiltration Inspection
Equipment Maintenance
Answering questions from the public regarding service problems
Answering questions from developers regarding service potential
Answering questions from engineers regarding design requirements for construction and is the Authority's contact for approvals for all development projects.

Assistant Collection System Superintendent
Our Assistant Collection System Superintendent is Mark Harter, whose experience in excavation and pipeline construction with the Authority began in 1985. He is responsible for organizing and overseeing all work crew activities involving main-line maintenance and replacement, lift station maintenance, and inflow/infiltration investigation. He is also a recipient of the Central Pennsylvania Water Quality Association's Collection System Excellence Award.

There are currently 3 Inspectors: Bruce Harpster, Jeff Crytser, and Scott Driver. The Inspectors are  responsible for determining whether or not newly constructed sewer extensions providing service for new developments meet UAJA specifications. They are also responsible for inspecting new building sewer laterals connected to the mainline sewer. They respond to requests for sewer line locations when notified an excavation is scheduled by the PA One Call System.

Sewer Maintenance Staff
The Sewer Maintenance Staff is comprised of 12 people who are responsible for making all repairs and upgrades to the collection system. Harold Riser, who began in 1991, and Doug Corman, who began in 1997, are the Crew Leaders. They are joined by Dan Tressler ('92), Jim Chamberlain ('97), Kerry Bartley ('99), Daren Brown ('01), Emanuel Yoder ('01), Dave Ream ('04), Josh Rogers ('05), Chuck Harpster ('06), and Bill Heckman ('08), Shane Hosterman ('13).

Staff duties include replacing mainline piping, fixing leaky manholes, repairing broken lateral pipes from sewer mains to customer property lines, and adjusting manhole casting elevations to coincide with local and state road paving projects. Staff also monitors and maintains the operation of 20 Lift Stations and 3 Flow Meters, as well as investigates the Collections System for Inflow and Infiltration (ground or surface water that enters the system via breaks or leaks) through the used of closed-circuit tv, flow meters, digital cameras, and other testing equipment. Where feasible, crews also perform upgrades to the system by installing larger diameter piping, and by installing gravity piping that allows us to remove lift (pump) stations - which results in operational savings of maintenance time and energy costs.