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Berks County > Municipalities > Bally Borough

 

Public Works Department

Public Works Superintendent - Michael Dietrich

Public Works Foreman - Leo Mutter

Maintenance - Nathan Heffner

Maintenance - Michael Roschel

The Public Works Department of the Borough handles the daily operations of the water and sewer system, along with street, park and Community pool maintenance.

Streets, Water, Sewer, Water and Sewer Rates

WATER:

The Borough has provided public water to it's residents since 1929. An area north of the Borough was developed into a 'water shed' region since a number of springs surfaced in that area. A large reservoir was installed below the 'water shed' area to store water for distribution. This storage facility was a poured concrete structure below ground with a capacity of 270,000 gallons. The reservoir has a center wall that forms two separate compartments. This reservoir is still in use today.

The initial distribution system consisted of a single 8" pipe from the reservoir south on Church Street to Main Street. From there it was distributed to residents along the route. While early records are not as readily available as they are today, the system continued to expand through the years.

Not too long after the system was first built, the need for more water than the springs could deliver on a regular basis forced the town fathers to drill a well to supplement the spring's supply of water. The system operated for many years utilizing the springs during the wet season, and the well whenever the springs did not generate a sufficient supply of water.



SEWER:


Prior to 1969 sewage waste within the Borough was handled by on-site septic systems. In 1969, thanks to Federal financial aide and low interest loans, the Borough installed a sewer collection system, and a sewer treatment facility. The original Treatment Plant had a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day, and treated all properties within the Borough. In the seventies the Plant was modified to add filtration to the treatment process due to an increase in quality standards of the stream that we discharged into. This modification did not increase our treatment capacity.
In 1996 the need for additional capacity required the Borough to increase our treatment capacity from the original 200,000 gallons per day to the current 500,000 gallons per day. The cost of this renovation amounted to just over 2.4 million dollars. The neighboring township assumed a one-third interest in the debt in return for 100,000 gallons per day capacity in our plant. The design of the up-graded Plant will allow for increased capacity as future needs occur without spending additional dollars for the increase. Our Plant should serve our needs for many years to come.
Our water and sewer systems are operated by our staff. Many tests are performed in our 'in house' lab. In addition to these tests, many tests are also run for us at an out-side laboratory.
For a number of years now we have been conducting tours of our Sewer Treatment Plant for science students from the Boyertown Area Senior High School.
For additional regulations and rate information on either water or sewer please call the Borough Hall at 610-845-2351.

WATER & SEWER USER RATES

Water and Sewer Rates are set by Borough Council by Resolution. Below is the most recent Borough Council resolution 2005-6

BOROUGH OF BALLY

Resolution 2005-6

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOROUGH OF BALLY, BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, ESTABLISHING FEES OR CHARGES FOR MUNICIPAL WATER SERVICE AND PUBLIC SEWER SERVICE UPON THE OWNERS OF IMPROVED PREMISES WITHIN THE BOROUGH OF BALLY AT WHICH A WATER METER OR METERS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Borough Council of th Borough of Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania, pursuant to the authority given to Council by Borough of Bally Ordinance No. 250, Borough Council does hereby establish fees and charges for water and sewer service with the Borough of Bally as follows:

SECTION 1 WATER CHARGES:

The water fees or charges for water supplied to consumers within the Borough of Bally to premises at which a water meter or meters have been installed, shall be and the same are hereby imposed and established for each quarterly period, or portion thereof, after the effective date of this Resolution as follows:

A. For each 5/8" to 3/4" water meter servicing a residential unit, for the first 10,000 gallons of water, or any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 31.74

This is the minimum charge for water and/or water services supplied through a 5/8" to 3/4" meter and must be paid for each quarterly period, or fraction thereof, during which water is available and is turned on for meters serving a residential unit, whether or not any water is actually used.

For the next 90,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons

B. For each 5/8" to 3/4" water meter servicing a non residential unit, for the first 15,000 gallons of water, or

any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 55.20

This is the minimum charge for water and/or water services supplied through a 5/8" to 3/4" meter and must be paid for each quarterly period, or fraction thereof, during which water is available and is turned on for meters serving a residential unit, whether or not any water is actually used.

For the next 85,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons

C. For each 1" water meter, for the first 15,000 gallons of water, or

any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 89.70

For the next 85,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons



D. For each 1 1/2" water meter, for the first 15,000 gallons of water, or

any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 96.60

For the next 85,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons



E. For each 2" water meter, for the first 15,000 gallons of water, or

any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 103.50

For the next 85,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons





F. For each 3" water meter, for the first 15,000 gallons of water, or

any part thereof, in each quarterly period....$ 131.10

For the next 85,0000 gallons........$2.39 per 1000 gallons

For any gallons over 100,000 per quarter ........$1.87 per 1000 gallons







SECTION II SEWER CHARGES:

The sewer fees or charges for public sewer service to the owners of improved premises within the Borough of Bally shall be imposed on a quarterly basis and shall be based upon water consumption, as metered, upon the premises during each calendar quarter. Public sewer rates are hereby imposed as follows:



A. RESIDENTIAL UNITS: For each residential dwelling unit the minimum charge for public sewer service for up to 4,000 gallons of water consumption in a quarter....$115.00 per quarter



For all usage over 4,000 gallons per quarter........$8.63 per each 1,000 gallons



B. NON-RESIDENTIAL UNITS: For each non residential dwelling unit the minimum charge for public sewer service for up to 15,000 gallons of water consumption in a quarter....$184.00 per quarter

For all usage over 15,000 gallons per quarter........$8.63 per each 1,000 gallons



RESOLUTION 2008-8 ADOPTED DECEMBER 2, 2008 TO INCREASE THE SEWER CHARGES.


Billing Dates /Usage Period

March 1 / October 31 - January 31

June 1 / January 31 - April 30

September 1 / April 30 - July 31

December 1 / July 31 - October 31