Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA)


Challenge Commitment
Goals Progress
25%Reduction in Energy Intensity21%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) was established in 1964 by the Bucks County Commissioners to assist municipalities with their water and sewer improvement needs. BCWSA is one of the largest water and wastewater treatment agencies in the state of Pennsylvania. The agency serves approximately 70,000 retail and 385,000 wholesale water and sewer customers covering 24 municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery counties. BCWSA has an annual operating budget of $78 million and a capital project budget of $42 million. BCWSA has 102 employees in operations, administration and customer support handling.

As part of the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge BCWSA have pledged to improve the energy intensity at 4 pumping stations and 4 treatment plants by 25% over a 10 year period. This voluntary pledge aligns with BCWSA’s existing commitment to sustainability which has been highlighted by the completion of a number of large projects in recent years including the installation of a 100,000 kW solar array, motor system upgrades, and HVAC focused optimizations. Within the last 4 years, BCWSA also constructed 17 miles of water supply line that reduces the pumping energy required to deliver water to each customer.