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Departments and Services

Doylestown Township Municipal Authority

Contact Information

Doylestown Township Municipal Authority
425 Wells Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone:(215) 348-9915
Emergency after 4:30 PM: 215-348-4200 (Police Radio Room)
Fax: (215) 348-8729

Important Updates

Doylestown Township Municipal Authority is now using PennBid™, PA’s electronic procurement program. Similar to a paper based process, PennBid™ provides sealed bid privacy, security, and vendor confidentiality, while streamlining the overall process.  Click here  to access all bid and proposal documents and questions and answers, along with submitting and updating your bids.

Click here for a Public Announcement from DTMA- 8.29.16

Click here for PFC Update- 8.29.16

Click here for an update from DEP- 9.2.16

Click here for an update on the contaminated well. – 7.18.16

Click here for an update on Cross Keys.

Click here for an updated Fact Sheet for PFC.

Click here for a list of Laboratories offering PFC testing.

Public Announcement: Cross Keys Well.     Click Here.

Mission

The Authority’s mission is to deliver drinking water meeting or exceeding requirements of the Federal & State Safe Drinking Water Act; to provide capacity and storage facilities capable of providing fire suppression water when needed; to construct and expand the distribution system as necessary to maintain the health, safety and welfare of Doylestown Township residents

Water Quality Reports 2014

Water Quality Report 2015- Cedar Crest- PWS#1090158

Water Quality Report 2015- DTMA PWS#1090128

To receive a a copy of these reports, please contact the Township Administrative offices at 215-348-9915 or visit the offices, which are located at 425 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA 18901.  For residents of Cedar Crest Farms, please request Public Water Supply (PWS) #1090158.

History
The Authority was formed by Doylestown Township in 1978 to better meet the water and sewer needs of the Township. The Authority then served in a planning and advisory role to the Board of Supervisors until 1986 when it took ownership of the existing sewer system known as Kings Plaza and the newly developing Doylestown Estates and The Greens water systems. In 1987, Doylestown Township entered into agreement with the Authority subject to following the general guidelines of the water and sewer plan as prepared by Huth Engineers and several operating restrictions. It was agreed the Authority could utilize the services of Township employees and in so doing, would reimburse the Township for all expenses related thereto. This arrangement continues to this day.

In 1988 the first full time staff member that was dedicated to operating the Authority’s sewer and water systems, was hired. The Authority now employs a staff of five highly skilled and trained operators in order to keep the water flowing on a daily basis.

In 1993, the Authority sold its interest in the public sewer system to the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority. That Authority had been operating the public sewer system generally in the northern areas of the Township but now manages the pubic sewer system throughout Doylestown Township.

Public Water System
The Authority owned and operated three public water systems in the Central Bucks area. The largest covers most of Doylestown Township with better than 46 miles of distribution mains which service 2500 bulk, commercial, institutional and residential customers with ground water pumped from thirteen wells within Doylestown Township. A second system is located in the Cross Keys Place Shopping Center in Plumstead Township. This ground water system is now interconnected with the Authority’s central system. In 2010 this portion of the system was expanded into Buckingham, Doylestown and Plumstead Townships to service residential and commercial properties thus eliminating the use of  on site contaminated groundwater systems. This expansion was partially funded through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Environmental Protections Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. A third system covers the Cedar Crest Farms area of Doylestown Township as well as a portion of New Britain Township along Upper State Road corridor. Surface water from the Forest Park Treatment Plant in Chalfont, via the North Wales Water Authority, is the source for this system of more than 100 residential customers. Other areas served by the Doylestown Township water system are in adjacent communities of Doylestown Borough, New Britain Borough, New Britain and Warrington Township. Approximately one million gallons of water per day is distributed to all customers and bulk customers, such as Plumstead Township’s Patriot Ridge area and Bucks County’s Neshaminy Manor Complex.

The Authority maintains five storage tanks with a combined storage of 1.75 million gallons of water to meet the peak demand for domestic needs and fire suppression services. It is interconnected to the North Penn and North Wales Water Authorities for surface water. An interconnection with the Borough of Doylestown is maintained for the pressure and capacity needed to service the Doylestown Hospital and other Township areas of Central Bucks.  Interconnections are maintained with several independent systems such as the Pine Run Community and Warrington Township. The benefits of interconnection provides supply and/or backup water sources and reduces the need for duplication of facilities, such as storage tanks and water mains.

Ground water is pumped from wells averaging about 500 foot in depth with water pumped from the 200 foot level. The water delivered is typical Bucks County groundwater in that it is high in hardness, iron and manganese. The iron and manganese is sequestered in two of thirteen wells. All groundwater is disinfected with Chlorine gas injected at each well house. Currently some seventy tests are completed in an effort to monitor for Microbiological, Radioactive, Inorganic (lead, copper, nitrates), Synthetic Organic (pesticides) and Volatile Organic (xylenes, carbon tetrachloride, etc.) Contaminants. All water is tested periodically as required by permit of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). Water capacities are monitored under permit by the Delaware River Basin Commission.

Water Bills
We are now collecting water bill payments online:

Pay My Water Bill

You may also sign up to have your water bill automatically withdrawn from your checking/debit account.  Please click here to download the form, which you should then mail to DTMA at 425 Wells Rd, Doylestown PA 18901.

  1. Water bills in blue and white are sent out by the DTMA. A  green colored bill is from Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (215-343-2538) for your sewer usage.
  2. Bills are sent out quarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1) and due by January 31, May 1, July 31, and October 31 respectively. Any bills received or postmarked after the due date are subject to the noted late fee, which will be assessed to your next quarter’s bill.

•      New or existing dwellings needing public water should:

  1. Contact DTMA at 215-348-9915 to see if public water is available. If not, obtain a well permit from the Doylestown Township Code Enforcement Department.
  2. If there is public water available, obtain a fee schedule from the DTMA office and pay applicable service and tap in fees upon requesting a public water connection.

– Either way, obtain a plumbing permit from the Code Enforcement Office

Hire a reputable contractor who is licensed by the Township. Meters may be purchased at the

DTMA office, 425 Wells Road, Doylestown.

  1. Moving? Have your realtor contact DTMA with the settlement date so your water bill may be paid at settlement. Your realtor should handle all this for you.
Freezing and Thawing Pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Cross Connection and Backflow Prevention Drought Restrictions
Drought restrictions will be announced as needed. The following restrictions may be instituted dependent on severity:

DROUGHT WATCH:

Alerts users to the possible onset of drought and requests a voluntary 5-10% daily reduction.

DROUGHT WARNING:

Alerts users to the possible onset of drought and requests a voluntary daily reduction of 10-15%.

DROUGHT EMERGENCY:

Initiates mandatory restrictions and reduction of 15-20% of daily water usage.

HELPFUL HINTS:

Voluntary efforts to reduce water usage can be easily accomplished by residents. Simply shortening showers, turning water off while brushing teeth, and washing only full loads of dishes or laundry can add up to considerable water savings. Consider a 10 minute shower running at 10 gallons per minute, if turned off in 8 minutes, saves 20 gallons or 20%. On average, a single family home may use 300 gallons of water a day. A 10% savings is only 30 gallons. It seems insignificant, but multiplied by the Township’s 5,000 plus homes and suddenly 30 gallons is a whopping 150,000 gallons per day. Above all else, fix those leaks! A pinhole 1/32″ in size can lose 260 gallons of water a day, enough for a family to live comfortably each day.

Two helpful hints to public water users: when the house is quiet, take a peek at the water meter mounted on your supply line, usually found in the basement. If the little dial is moving and you’re not using water, something is leaking, usually a toilet, and it is wasting water that you are paying for. Or, if you hear (yes, you can put your ear to the meter) a gushing or hissing sound, contact the Authority office immediately, as water may be leaking at the curb connection. We’ll be glad to check it out at no charge.

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