Brush Creek Treatment Plant

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Brushcreek Wastewater Treatment Plant

June 2016: Please note - due to construction, we are unable to accommodate plant tour requests.

The Treatment Plant, located along Brush Creek, provides wastewater treatment services to all of Cranberry Township, along with portions of Pine, Marshall and New Sewickley Townships. Currently, the plant processes 3.2 millions of gallons of water per day. That's enough water to fill the Cranberry Community Waterpark pool seven times.

The plant utilizes physical, chemical and biological processes to remove harmful pollution. Wastewater is collected from homes, businesses and industries, and after being treated, is released into Brush Creek.

Learn more about the Brush Creek Plant, "Dirty Jobs in Cranberry Township"

Pretreatment Information


Design, Construction & Specifications related to main line infrastructure

Email Tim Zinkham, Manager of Engineering Services, 724-776-4806 x 1183. Call the Inspection Scheduling phone line, 724-776-4806 x 1161 (available 24/7) for new outside sanitary sewer line, inside sanitary sewer line or outside water line inspections and repair/replacement of existing sewer and water lines.

Odor Control



Odor management is an ongoing process. We need your cooperation and assistance in solving an odor problem. If you notice odors coming from the sewage treatment plant on Powell Road, please let us know. It is very important that we maintain a record of odor complaints and document the circumstances surrounding them. Your input allows us to further troubleshoot and improve conditions. Complete and submit a Brush Creek Odor Complaint Form

The nature of these processes develops odors which, at times, can drift throughout the community. The Township utilizes many resources to minimize the impact of odors to the surrounding neighborhoods. For a detailed summary, view the Brush Creek Odor Management Plan:

Other items initiated since the completion of the plan:
  • January 2008.The Township installed a carbon polishing unit to further reduce odors at three of the major process sources at the plant.
  • September 2009. A heater was installed on the inlet to the carbon polishing unit to lower humidity and increase performance of the carbon absorption process.

Backwater Valve Presentation A backwater valve is a one-way valve that prevents the sewer system from backing up and flooding a building or residence
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Backwater Valve Video

Cranberry takes grand prize in wastewater technology competition



Hach Company, a Colorado-based manufacturer of analytic instruments and reagents used in wastewater treatment plants, has announced the grand prize winners of its second annual ‘See the BIG Picture’ contest. Cranberry Township’s Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, was named one of two Grand Prize winners and awarded $50,000 in Hach equipment based on its submission to the company’s contest. The announcement was made at an industry conference in Los Angeles in October 2011.

Entries were judged on creativity, expected results from the products requested, expected impact of the award, and the extent of need. Cranberry’s video submission, “Hach to the Future,” used a movie-themed story line in which the Brush Creek plant was projected forward and back in time as its staff professionals – playing themselves in the highly-charged drama – struggled to deal with forces that menaced its operation. Winter 2012 Cranberry Today

Sewer And Water Technicians Awarded DEP Certification Winter 2012 Issue of Cranberry Today