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Berks County > Municipalities > Leesport Borough


The Sewer Authority meets the third Thursday of each month at the Waste Water Treatment Plant conference room, 10 East Wall Street, at 7 p.m.

Sewer Back Ups
The Leesport Borough Authority is generally not liable under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for any costs for clean-up or repair relating to a sewer back up in your home. It is possible that such back ups may occur on occasion. You are strongly encouraged to contact your homeowners insurance agent to see if you are covered for damage resulting from the back up of wastewater. Obtaining an insurance rider on a homeowners policy will cover such damage should it ever occur. Most insurers offer sewer backup coverage at a nominal cost of $50 to $75 per year. Sewers can back up into basements through floor drains or basement plumbing fixtures. It is the property owner's responsibility to protect the building. In the event of a sewer back up the homeowner must call a plumber for emergency services. Blockages occurring in the building lateral from the cleanout to the home are the financial responsibility of the homeowner. If you have a floor drain it should be capped off.

Inflow and Infiltration reduce the capacity of the sanitary sewer system. Inflow is caused when stormwater is directly connected to the sanitary sewer. Sources of inflow can be basement sump pumps, roof drains, driveway drains, or similar illegal connections to a sanitary sewer. "A single sump pump can contribute over 7,000 gallons of water to sanitary sewer systems in a 24 hour period, the equivalent of the average daily flow from 26 homes." (www.globalw.com/support/inflow.html.)

Infiltration is groundwater that enters the sanitary sewer through cracks in the pipes.

The Leesport Borough Authority has had an active Collection System Maintenance Plan underway since 2006. All sanitary sewer lines have been or are in the process of being televised and work continues to evaluate and repair cracks and deficiencies in the system. In the summer of 2013, a major capital project was undertaken to increase the flow capacity of the sewer main draining the areas of North Canal St., Shackamaxon St., and Spring Garden St. Work continues to identify and rectify areas needing cleaning or repair.