The Myerstown Sewage Treatment Plant effluent is discharged into the Tulpehocken Creek.
In 1972 the Borough of Myerstown was in the process of exploring the possibility of a upgrade and expansion of its wastewater treatment facility, when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources told the Borough of Myerstown they favored a regional system and designated the existing Myerstown Treatment plant as a joint municipal wastewater plant. Due to the fact that our neighbors Jackson Township, Richland Borough and Millcreek Township were also looking into their own wastewater facilities, DEP decided the Myerstown Plant would now serve four municipal entities, namely Richland Borough, Millcreek Township and Jackson Township, along with the Borough.
The expansion would increase the MGD from 500,000 to 1.4 million gallons per day and would now include the flow from three other municipalities. With plans well underway for the plant upgrade and expansion, attention was turned to the design of an Inter-Municipal Agreement. Since the Borough of Myerstown was the owner of the existing plant, similar agreements were entered into between the Borough of Myerstown and Jackson Township and the Borough of Myerstown and Richland/Millcreek communities.
Construction on the above started in October or 1977 and was completed in July of 1979.
The Borough was again mandated by the Department of Environmental Protection to meet new discharge regulations and an upgrade to the existing plant was ordered. This work was completed at the end of 2009 and the new plant went on-line. The plant was over 27 years old and too costly to operate with its old technology and equipment breakdowns (some of which could be very expensive and time consuming to repair/replace). These types of issues could prohibit us from meeting permit levels and would result in high fines.