If you are experiencing a sewer backup or wastewater emergency, please call 610-275-4236 between the hours of 7:00AM to 3:00PM Monday through Friday.
After business hours and weekends/holidays, please call the Police Communication Center at 610-272-5660.
The Bridgeport Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) is located at 375 River Road (Route 23), in Upper Merion Township, just beyond the Bridgeport Borough line. The Bridgeport Sewer Department consists of four full-time employees, and services the majority of Bridgeport Borough residential and commercial properties. There are a handful of properties in select portions of the borough that are actually serviced by Upper Merion Township's sewer facilities; predominantly located along the borders of the two municipalities; additionally, this goes the other way as well, with a select few Upper Merion Township properties being serviced by Bridgeport Borough Sewer Department.
The Bridgeport WWTP is responsible for collecting the sewage generated by Bridgeport properties, cleaning and separating the sewage through a series of filtration devices and chemical treatments and discharging the treated effluent into the Schuylkill River. Bridgeport Sewer Department has three employees that are state certified sewer operators, and the quality and performance of Bridgeport Sewer Department is monitored and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The Bridgeport WWTP has a design treatment capacity rating of 0.9 million gallons per day, as well as a peak instantaneous flow capacity of 2.7 million gallons per day. In 2019, the average daily flow at Bridgeport WWTP was 0.473 million gallons per day; meaning that there is certainly room for the additional need for capacity that may come with further residential and commercial development.
Bridgeport Borough is unique in that we are one of the few remaining municipalities in the state with a combined sewer system. "Combined sewers" means just that - both stormwater sewers and sanitary sewers flow into same system, and the Bridgeport WWTP must process both storm water and sanitary sewage. Combined sewers are typically only seen in the older municipalities in the state; namely, cities and boroughs. Combined sewers pose a unique set of challenges for a municipal sewage treatment facility, as during heavy rain events create incredibly high volumes of water that all flow to the Bridgeport WWTP. In 2011, construction of a new Front Street Interceptor and the associated Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) between Mill Street and the River Road Pumping Station were initiated with completion in 2012. The original 20-inch interceptor was replaced with at 24-inch "dry weather" sewer, a combination 54-inch and 60-inch "wet weather" interceptor was installed parallel to the 24-inch and one of the original CSO outfalls was eliminated. The interceptor is basically a large underground storage tank where excess storm/sewer water is directed during heavy rain events, with valves that allow the Bridgeport Sewer Department to store and then incrementally release water to the WWTP for treatment. The purpose of the interceptor is to mitigate the chances of untreated discharges into the waterways, which is the primary concern that combined sewer system municipalities face. The "wet weather" interceptor provides an additional approximate 0.5 million gallons of storage.