Prevent Frozen Pipes

Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for the next several days prompting concern about frozen pipes.  As the property owner, you are responsible for the protection of your property's pipes and meters and for any damage to them.  Please note that we do not thaw frozen water lines.  Customers experiencing issues with frozen lines should contact a certified plumber. Here are some tips that will help you protect yourself from costly plumbing repairs:

  • Insulate pipes. Be sure to insulate pipes in any unheated areas of your home. One way to insulate your pipes is using heat tape or pipe insulation. These items can be purchased at a local home improvement store.
  • Protect your meter. If you have an outdoor meter pit, make sure the lid is not broken or missing. Pack the pit with insulating material, or even an old blanket.
  • Eliminate drafts. Close off crawlspace vents and doors. Repair broken or cracked basement windows. Make sure basement doors and windows close tightly. Repair any broken or cracked basement windows
  • Leave a very thin stream of water running constantly from at least one tap. We recommend using the tap farthest from the meter. The additional expense in your water bill will be minimal compared to the cost to replace a ruptured pipe.
  • Open cabinet doors below all sinks to allow the warmth from inside your house to reach your pipes.
For more information about this public notice, please contact our office at 570-622-8240.  Thank you for your patience.
SCMA receives Grant in the amount of $200,000 for the Altamont Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project

SCMA was awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000 for the Altamont Boulevard Waterline Replacement Project.  The project was identified as a priority because the existing Altamont Boulevard waterline has significantly deteriorated due to aggressive soil and groundwater conditions resulting in at least eight (8) main breaks and service interruptions to the SCI-Frackville facility over the past four (4) years.  SCMA evaluated the overall regional concept and decided to upgrade this line from a 10” to a 12” and ultimately provide another transmission line to the eastern district of the SCMA-Mount Laurel Subsystem, which includes SCI-Mahanoy, residents of New Boston, Village of Vulcan and the Mahanoy Business Park’s existing (Fabcon, Corsicana Bedding, MainStay Suites) and future commercial/industrial customers.  This grant program, created to fund small water and sewer infrastructure projects, is very completive, where only 146 applicants received partial funding for their projects. There were over 600 applications submitted to DCED for funding under the Small Water and Sewer Program.  “The Authority is humbled and graciously accepts the funding assistance for this very important project.  It directly affects the expansion of our water supply service area and provides sustainability to existing and future industrial and commercial customers that are critical to job retention, creation and overall economic development of the area.  This project will eliminate current problems with the existing waterline and roadway and provide a safe, viable water supply and vehicular access in an area that is critical to the growth of the economic development of the region.”, said SCMA Executive Director Patrick M. Caulfield, P.E.  “We would like to thank Senator Argall, Representative Goodman, Schuylkill  County Commissioners and the West Mahanoy Township Supervisors for their support and partnerships on the project”.

SCMA Deer Lake WWTP joins Partnership for Clean Water Program


On September 20, 2016, the SCMA Deer Lake WWTP was accepted into the newly launched, in June 2016, Partnership for Clean Water Program as a charter member.  SCMA is 1 of 21 charter subscribers throughout the United States.

The Partnership for Clean Water Program is a global optimization and recognition program for wastewater utilities, established to parallel the Partnership for Safe Water Program, which has successfully been helping drinking water utilities optimize performance for more than 20 years.  Participation in this program demonstrates our commitment to improve wastewater treatment using a rigorous self-assessment and optimization process.

SCMA Receives a $3.2 million Grant for Reilly Township Waterline & Tank Project SCMA was awarded a $3.2 million grant and $489,950 PENNVEST loan for the Reilly Township Waterline Project.  The project will extend service from Tremont to the Village of Newtown and include a booster pumping station, storage tank and distribution system.  Construction is tentatively planned for Summer 2016.
SCMA was featured in the June 2015 edition of the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association's "The Authority" Magazine SCMA was honored to be the topic of an article in the June 2015 edition of the PMAA The Authority Magazine.  Click the link below to view the article. PMAA - SCMA Article June 2015
SCMA Receives the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence SCMA was presented with the Award for the Deer Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sanitary Upgrades Project at a banquet hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC).  Pictured are PEC President Davitt Woodwell, Chairman Frank Schoeneman, Assistant Director Amy Batdorf, Executive Director Pat Caulfield, and PADEP Acting Secretary John Quigley.
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SCMA Receives the American Council of Engineering Companies of PA Diamond Award for Engineering Excellence for the successful completion of the Indian Run Dam Rehabilitation Project Award at the June 5, 2013 Banquet
SCMA Assistant Director Amy S. Batdorf Receives 2014 Pennsylvania Rural Water AssociationDecision Maker of the Year Award Assistant Director Amy S. Batdorf receives the award at the March 27, 2014 Banquet.
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SCMA Receives 2014 Pennsylvania Rural Water Association Wastewater System of the Year Award for Expansion Executive Director Patrick M. Caulfield, P.E. receives the award at the March 27, 2014 Banquet.
SCMA Receives the Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Association Employer Excellence Award for Expansion
Executive Director Patrick M. Caulfield, P.E. receives the award at the June 5, 2014 Banquet