Public Sewer & Water

Water and Sewer are served by two different entities: Water is Richland Township Water Authority and Sewer is Richland Township Sewer. Contact information can be found below or to the right, if using desktop web browser.

Public Sewer

Properties in Richland that do not have on-lot septic systems are served by the Richland Township Sewer Department. 

Explanation of Consumption Charges 

A consumption charge for the cost of operations and treatment is imposed upon all users for the amount of water consumption per quarter. These water readings are received from the Richland Township Water Authority of Allegheny County (RTMAAC) to calculate this portion of the quarterly sewage bill.

Explanation of Capital Improvement Charges (CIC)

Federal and State regulations require local governments to treat all waste water. To have your waste water treated, Richland Township contracts with two treatment facilities, (1) the Allison Park Water Pollution Control Plant in Hampton Township, and (2) the Allegheny Valley Joint Sewer Authority (AVJSA) in Deer Creek. Due to the advanced age of both plants, significant necessary upgrades are required at both facilities. By agreement, Richland's sewer customers are responsible for their share of these costs. To assist in paying for the necessary improvements, Richland Township has adopted Ordinance Number 511 which addresses the Capital Improvement Charges (CIC) on the Richland Township Sewer Account (RTSA) billing.

For the current fees assessed for Consumption Charges, Capital Improvement Charges (CIC), and additional charges, please refer to Ordinance Number 511 (PDF), which amends the Richland Township Code of Ordinances, section 18-301(2).

Explanation of Ready to Serve Charges 

A quarterly base charge, known as the "ready to serve" charge, is imposed upon each residential, commercial and industrial unit within Richland Township. This fee is the base amount due for each premise connected or approved to be connected to the sewer system and a water supply is available. This fee is to defray debt service and administrative expenses incurred in maintaining the system so that it remains ready and able to accept and dispose of sewage from all premises served, and is imposed regardless of whether water is used and even when a home or other structure is vacant, unoccupied and/or when water has been shut off.

For the current fees assessed for Ready To Serve Charges, please refer to the Richland Township Code of Ordinances, section 18.301.(1), as amended by Ordinance Number 489.

Online or Automatic Withdraw Payments


Sanitary Sewer Connection and Service

Public Water

Public water service in Richland Township is handled by the Richland Township Water Authority. All questions related to this service should be addressed to the following entity:

Richland Township Water Authority
2012 Kramer Road
Gibsonia, PA 15044-9632
Phone: 724-443-9100

Richland Township Municipal Authority Website
Contact Richland Water Authority

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

What is LIHWAP?

****UPDATE: As LIHWAP was a temporary emergency program, the program has run out of funds. The last day to apply was October 28, 2022. *****
The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program (offered through the Department of Human Services) to help low-income families pay overdue water (and wastewater) bills.

Please note, the program Heating Assistance/Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) still continues. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants.  The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill.