The Altoona Water Authority has one of the most technologically advanced water treatment and distribution systems in the United States. The Authority has constructed over 40 major water and wastewater capital improvement projects over the last twenty five years to comply with Federal and State mandated regulations at a cost approaching $200,000,000. In 1999, the Authority was honored to receive the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in Technology Innovation for their water treatment facilities. This prestigious award further demonstrates the Authority's commitment to providing safe drinking water for the future of the Altoona Area.
Your water supply system is comprised of eleven (11) surface water reservoirs that provide a combined storage volume of 2.85 billion gallons and a total net yield of 14.61 million gallons per day. The AWA operates 16 finished water storage tanks with a combined storage capacity of 28.3 million gallons. The AWA operates nine pumping stations throughout the system for various purposes including filling storage tanks, transferring water from one service area to another and maintaining hydraulic gradient. The total combined water distribution system consists of approximately 380 miles of transmission and distribution main piping.
The Easterly and Westerly Wastewater Treatment Facilities treat 8 million and 10 million gallons per day of wastewater, respectively. Each facility is capable of treating up to 20 million gallons per day during wet weather. The wastewater collection system consists of approximately 230 miles of 6”-48” diameter sewer line. Privately owned laterals add about 190 miles to the system for a total of more than 420 miles.
To find out more about the AWA, view our Infrastructure Overview slideshow.