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The Shippensburg Borough Water Department operates and maintains the Shippensburg area water system under an agreement with the system€™s owner, the Shippensburg Borough Authority.


How to protect your water service line and meter during extreme cold temperatures.


  1. Keep the heat on, try and heat areas where pipes may be located (basement, etc.) that may not normally be heated, even at 50 degrees this will protect pipes.
  2. Let the faucet drip. This keeps the water flowing through the line, relieves built up pressure and helps to prevent freezing.
  3. Keep interior doors open. If your water line is located on the cold side of a interior wall, keep the cabinet door open to allow additional heat to reach the pipe.
  4. Add insulation to the pipe and meter.
  5. If necessary, apply heat tape to pipes in areas that cannot be heated.

Annual Water Report for 2015 – 2016


Shippensburg Borough Water Authority-2016 CCR


2015 Annual Water Quality Report


Water Tower


The water system serves over 25,000 residents in Shippensburg Borough, Orrstown Borough, Shippensburg Township, Southampton Cumberland Township, Southampton Franklin Township, and a portion of Letterkenny Township.


The water system consists of the Gunter Valley Water Treatment Plant, seven storage tanks, three wells, two booster stations, and several pressure regulating stations, along with about 150 miles of water line varying in size from two to sixteen inches and the attached fire hydrants and water meters.


Sources of water are the Letterkenny Reservoir and three wells. Each source can produce between one and one and a half million gallons of water per day for a combined rated capacity of approximately 5.5 million gallons per day. Water provided for consumption is treated with Chlorine as a disinfectant, Caustic Soda for pH adjustment, ortho-polyphosphate for corrosion control, and Fluoride. The water is tested weekly for bacteria to ensure clean and healthy drinking water.