Centre Region

Wastewater Services

University Area Joint Authority (UAJA) is the municipal authority providing Wastewater Treatment, or Water Recycling services, to much of State College and the Centre Region.  In addition to providing Wastewater Recycling, we are also proud to operate an Award Winning Biosolids Composting facility.

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A Valuable Resouce

Believe it or not, wastewater is a resource. With appropriate treatment technologies, this community waste product can economically be turned into usable resources for the Spring Creek Watershed.  UAJA uses a watershed approach to decision making and state of the art water treatment technologies to provide re-use water and biosolids for the benefit of the environment, quality of life and economy of the region.

The University Area Joint Authority, UAJA, is located on the outskirts of the city of State College (the home of Penn State), in central Pennsylvania.  re-use water and biosolids to benefit the environment, quality of life and economy of the region.

UAJA History

University Area Joint Authority has been serving the Centre Pennsylvania Region for over 50 years.



UAJA was formed in 1964 as a joint effort to provide sewage treatment to portions of Patton, Ferguson, College, and Harris Townships, and also to portions of the State College Borough.


The Authority (UAJA) built the Spring Creek Pollution Control Facility at 1576 Spring Valley Road which began operation in July of 1969.


The original capacity of the treatment facility was 3.0 million gallons per day (mgd). In 1975 the plant was granted a hydraulic re-rate that increased its capacity to 3.87 mgd.


In 1997 UAJA and two other sewer authorities, the College-Harris Joint Authority and the Patton-Ferguson Joint Authority, unified to more efficiently serve the region. As a result, wastewater rates to the customers were reduced, and now one board handles both the wastewater treatment issues and the wastewater collection issues. This was the first time in Pennsylvania history that sewer authorities were unified.


Today UAJA treats approximately 5.0 mgd of wastewater. Projected growth of wastewater generation in our region beyond our rated ability to treat 6.0 mgd requires that we look into expanding our treatment facilities or to look for alternatives to the way we treat our wastewater today. Right now, the Beneficial Re-use Project that is being studied seems to be the best solution for the future.

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