Officials Meet over Stormwater Fee Outcry

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- After meetings, phone calls, and emails, the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority wants the public to know their voices are being heard.

Officials from the authority held a news conference Friday afternoon to let customers know they are trying to do something about a new stormwater fee.

Officials tell Newswatch 16 they've heard all the complaints and questions about a new stormwater fee and wanted to better communicate with customers.

Officials held a meeting to apologize for all the confusion and to let people know their voices are being heard.

People in 32 communities in Luzerne County pay sewer bills to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. The agency is now billing the owners of more than 85,000 homes, businesses, and empty lots a stormwater runoff fee. The fee adds about $14 to many of the monthly bills.

It's required by the federal government to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

In the meeting, officials said they are planning to explore legal options to reduce or eliminate the new stormwater fee.

"Everything is on the table, everything to make this fair and tolerable. No one wants to pay this fee. I do not want to pay this fee, but it is a reality that has been put on us through governmental agencies," said authority board chairman Samuel Guesto.

Officials added that in the future, they plan to hold meetings for the public to voice their questions and concerns.


  • Steve Gaydon (@stgraydon)

    I am a homeowner in Northumberland County and we’ve been paying that fee for almost the last 10 years. I don’t remember any news conferences when our sewer bills went up to $50/month. How is it possible that it is government mandated yet some municipalities don’t have to pay it or are just starting to have to pay it?

  • John W

    Lol..this is what happens when the EPA runs wild.. be ready for them to tax the carbon dioxide you exhale! Never mind 3mile island, abandoned Knox coal mines, Philadelphia ship ports ( creek), Ny state and the rest of the industrial pollution left behind by defunct corporations.. just put it all on the Pa. Residents near the river to pay for 200 years of pollution. .🙄

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    All of the local officials say that it’s a mandate from the EPA. Then let’s see a copy of it.

    • SymphonyX44

      It originates from the Clean Water Act. The EPA has the authority to force government entities into conforming to it’s regulations and does not provide any funding. Thus forcing the government entities to raise more money to cover the costs of these improvements.

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