The F.T.M.S.A. was established in December 1967 as a Municipal Authority by the board of Supervisors of Franklin Township. The treatment plant was completed and went into operation in May of 1970. In 1985 the plant was doubled in capacity and in 1992, the plant was upgraded to advanced secondary treatment to meet all current laws. In 2004 a new egg-shaped digester, a pasteurization process for the sludge and a septage receiving station was added to the plant.
In 1978, Franklin Township became the Municipality of Murrysville. Municipal Authorities are different from regular boards and commissions in that they are independent state agencies with appointments to the board made by the incorporating local government. Each year, Murrysville Council appoints one member to the five member board. A term lasts for 5 years. Any vacancies to the board are also filled by Council.
The Meadowbrook Road Water Pollution Control Plant is located on Meadowbrook Road, Municipality of Murrysville, Westmoreland County and is operated by the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority.
The Treatment plant is an aerobic biological treatment facility with grit removal, primary clarification, trickling filters, secondary clarification, nitrification towers, shallow bed sand filtration units, ultraviolet disinfection, sludge thickening, anaerobic biological sludge stabilization, sludge dewatering, and methane gas utilization facilities. The current permitted hydraulic capacity of the facility is 4,900,000 gallons per day and is an advanced wastewater treatment facility.
◊ Regulate all sanitary sewer service within the service area which comprises the entire Municipality of Murrysville. ◊ Operate the sanitary sewage treatment plant located at the end of Meadowbook Road. ◊ Provide for the efficient cost-effective transportation and treatment of sewage generated within the service area. ◊ Ensure that all aspects of sanitary sewage service are in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
The Authority's sanitary sewer conveyance and collection system consists of approximately 333.2 miles of sanitary sewer lines ranging in size from six (6) inches to thirty-six (36) inches in diameter, five (5) sewage regulators that service the Borough of Export, seven (7) sewage pump stations and 244.5 miles of collector and main sewer in the Municipality of Murrysville as well as 13.6 miles of collector sewer in the portion of the Municipality of Murrysville in which the sewage is conveyed and subsequently treated by Plum Borough (Holiday Park Treatment Plant). The Authority is also responsible for the maintenance of 23.1 miles of collector sewers in Delmont Borough, 3.4 miles of collector sewer in the Municipality of Monroeville, 23.5 miles of collector sewers and three (3) sewage pump stations in Penn Township and 19.2 miles of collector sewers and two (3) sewage pump stations in Salem Township. The monitoring, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of 5 miles of collector sewers in Export Borough are presently being operated by Export Borough. During the first nine months of 2014, approximately 0.0 feet of additional sewer lines were constructed.
By expanding and upgrading the sewage treatment complex, the Authority has provided hydraulic and organic capacity to accommodate growth and development in its service area. Also, through construction of state-of-the-art sludge digestion and gas utilization facilities, the Authority has taken the necessary steps to reduce energy costs as well as sludge disposal costs. Other system improvement programs have also eliminated needless operating and maintenance costs.