Northwestern Lancaster County Authority

The Authority is an administrative (not operating) authority organized under the Pennsylvania Municipality Authorities Act of 1945, as an incorporated body politic of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The authority owns the water and sewer systems within the township and leases these systems to the township for the township’s operation and use. As the operating entity, under the lease agreement, the township is responsible for the payment of all operating expenses. Operating expenses are paid from the township’s Water and Sewer Fund; 25 percent of the manager’s total compensation and half of the financial coordinator’s total compensation is paid from this fund.

The authority, on the other hand, decides on capital expenses and projects of up to $100,000 in value each. Over that amount, the township’s concurrence is required.

Authority Meetings

  • 7 p.m., Third Tuesday of each month at the Township Office, 97 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Documents & Information


The authority is governed by a five-member board appointed to serve for staggered five-year terms. Current members are:

  • Barbara Horst, Chairperson, Term Expires December 31, 2027
  • Cullen Ketcham, Vice-Chairman, Term Expires: December 31, 2028
  • Phil Donmoyer, Member, Term Expires: December 31, 2025
  • Lew Jury, Member, Term Expires: December 31, 2027
  • Vacant, Member

About the Authority

The Northwestern Lancaster County Authority is owner of the public water and sewer facilities in Penn Township. The NWLCA is an administrative authority. Penn Township operates the authority’s system under a lease agreement.

The current service areas includes lands on the east side and south side of Manheim Borough. See the NWLCA water service area map here. The NWLCA wastewater system map is here. Under a separate agreement, MAWSA provides public water to southern areas of the township.

Follow the NWLCA’s sustainability project online.


Authority Engineer – Daniel J. Becker, P.E., Becker Engineering, LLC

  • Authority Solicitor – Jason M. Hess, Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell, and Kane, P.C.
  • System Operator – Doug Zook, Manager, INFRAMARK
  • Township Manager, Authority Secretary and Treasurer – Mark Hiester
  • Township Financial Coordinator – Connie Weidle