Dog Park Expansion – Reopening

The Selinsgrove Borough Dog Park has recently expanded and is now officially re-open for the community to enjoy!

There will be additional improvements yet to come and we will share information throughout the entire process. Please continue to be patient with us as we work toward improving this Borough asset. We truly look forward to completing these necessary renovations and upgrades for the residents of Selinsgrove and all the dog park community users.

Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program

The Northumberland County Conservation District Office operates the Mosquito-borne Disease Control Program for Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties. The  2024 season will begin in April. If you already know of any areas of concern, please see the attached flier for ways to prevent the pooling of water and prevent mosquito breeding areas from starting. If you have areas of concern which are beyond your control, please reach out to the Northumberland County Conservation District to report it for potential remediation.

Phone: 570-495-4665  ext. 303

Homeowner Mosquito Guide

West Nile Virus Transmission Cycle

URGENT: All Properties Lead & Copper Plumbing Survey

URGENT: All Properties Lead & Copper Plumbing Survey

     We offer thanks to those who have already responded but we need 100% compliance. The PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is requiring municipal governments and residents to estimate risk of lead exposure through the water service lines. Since the Borough and residents are required to comply, non-compliance could lead to fees and termination of water service. All lines not surveyed will be deemed “lead service lines” by DEP which would be inaccurate.

     To help in the effort, Borough staff mailed out a Lead and Copper Plumbing Survey in March 2023. We had a summer helper in 2023 go door to door to assist residents in completing this 5-minute task. We continue to help in this matter. If your residence has not completed the survey by May 1st (to include the mandatory picture of the meter with the lines in and out), then the Borough may need to discontinue water service and assess the $100.00 disconnection/reconnection fee to get the task completed. If you would like to complete the survey online, please visit the Borough website at and click the link to the Lead & Copper Water Line Survey 2023. If you want help, please call the Borough Office at 570-374-2311. If you are a tenant and your landlord wishes for you to aid in the completion of this task, please give us a call.

Initiative to Help Control the Feral Cat Population (FUNDING AVAILABLE)

Selinsgrove Borough and Cherished Cat Rescue Alliance ( have joined forces to control the feral (stray) cat population in the borough humanely. If you live in Selinsgrove Borough and have a cat colony in your life/neighborhood and would like help to get them humanely trapped and neutered please follow the steps below.  The Borough budgets each year to aid in the effort of controlling the feral (stray) cat population. All you need to do is apply (see below) and Cherished Cats Rescue Alliance will walk you through the process.

You must submit two applications:
1. Cherished Cats Application – (Apply for Coverage) – MUST BE DONE ONLINE
2. Selinsgrove Borough TNR Application –  TNR Application updated 2024  – This can be completed and returned (mail/drop off) to Selinsgrove Borough, 1 N. High Street, Selinsgrove, PA 17870 or emailed to

You will be contacted by a Cherished Cat Rescue Representative who will answer any questions you may have.
In exchange for our help, you must agree to provide food and some kind of shelter and return these cats to the location where they were trapped.

The fee includes the spay/neuter, Rabies Vaccine, ear tip and flea meds. ALL CATS must come in a Humane (live) Traps. Cherished Cat Rescue Alliance has some to lend out and you will be trained in their use. Cherished Cat Rescue Alliance is looking for people who are interested in getting involved with the TNR effort in our area. Visit their website to learn how you can be part of this very important and rewarding initiative.




Notice from Chief Mitchell, SBPD

Residents and Businesses in the Borough may receive calls and/or visits from Law Enforcement Partners and Law Publications. Both companies are assisting the Police Department with funding for community outreach programs such as National Night Out and the Market Street Fair. This is not a scam. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the station.

Chief Shanee Mitchell
Selinsgrove Borough Police Department
(570) 374-8655

Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) – When ground/storm water are being misdirected and enter into the sanitary system.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has determined that the Eastern Snyder County Regional

Authority (ESCRA) and participating municipal systems have a significant amount of inflow and infiltration.  DEP voiced their concerns when the yearly Chapter 94 report was reviewed and design capacity was exceeded during rain events.  ESCRA has estimated it treated 50 MILLION gallons of I&I in 2019 alone!

What is Inflow & Infiltration (I&I)?

Inflow happens when groundwater and storm water is misdirected and enters into the sanitary sewer system through incorrect connections within the collection system.  Homes and businesses contribute in a number of ways—roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, driveway drains, foundation and floor drains, and stairwells plumbed into sanitary sewage systems instead of storm sewers or “daylight”.  These connections are illegal.  Fortunately, they are easily and cheaply fixable.

Infiltration is when groundwater enters the sanitary sewer system through faulty sewer laterals (home to street), pipes or manholes.  These pipes might have cracks or leaks that let water in.  This can happen because of age, installation and maintenance issues or even tree roots.

Inflow & Infiltration costs you money.  I&I water is referred to as “clear water”, as opposed to sanitary sewage water.  When clear water gets into the wastewater system, it gets treated.  When it gets treated, it costs you money.  It also takes up valuable capacity within the system.  This is a problem for the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) when it is working near maximum capacity.  Accommodating I&I at the WWTP may result in oversized and overpriced treatment system expansion, cause inefficient treatment, add to treatment costs, or potentially lead to illicit discharges into the Susquehanna River because the treatment plant capacity has been reached.  Should a sewage discharge happen, DEP may issue fines, issue a connection moratorium, mandate expensive plant expansion or all three.  The Sewer Authority and municipalities will have to decide between investing dollars to reduce I&I or may need to limit new residential or economic development.  Recently, ESCRA has completed videoing their sewer trunk lines.  Rehabilitation work is scheduled for 2021 to resolve I&I issues.  New development can strain the plant when already operating near capacity, leading to a need for an expensive plant expansion.  The other option is limiting residential or economic development opportunities.  This will stifle the area’s growth and loses opportunities to enhance tax revenue.

The December 2020 rain, snow melt and high water contributed to 10 times the average daily flow produced within the sanitary sewer system.  This lead to the sewer plant treating flow beyond its designed limits.  Issues like these are highly frowned upon by DEP.  They could require the plant to have expensive upgrades or an expansion.

Much of the excessive flow can be attributed to down spouts, basement floor drains and sump pumps plumbed into the sanitary sewer.  These types of connections are prohibited by Code.  Homeowners can inexpensively and quickly remedy these connections.  Down spout elbows cost about $4.00.  Floor drain expansion plugs are about the same.  Sump pump connections can be easily rerouted to “daylight” outside the home.  These inexpensive alterations could prevent increased sewer costs in the future.

How to identify Inflow & Infiltration:

There are a number of strategies the Borough will undertake to find problem connections and leaks in order to reduce or stop I&I.

  1. Informing the public. The purpose of this article is to encourage each property owner to take a look at their building.  Are down spouts and roof drains plumbed to “daylight”?  Are sump pumps plumbed to “daylight”?  Are stair wells, floor drains, foundations and driveway drains connected to a sump pump and “daylight”?  Do you need expansion plugs in basement floor drains to prevent waste water entering during high rain event or sewage line blockage?
  2. The next step in identifying I&I is to locate where problems are occurring and isolate the areas that have the worst I&I. First, we will analyze daily flow data from the last several years and compare against rainfall records.  We may need to set up flow monitoring instruments in each section of the sewer system.  By monitoring the flows, you can better identify which areas may have problems.
  3. Inspection of manholes can identify leaks from joints and provides the opportunity to view the drainage near a structure. Manholes can be located within a wetland or ditch that gets submerged during rain events.  These manholes can contribute significant inflow and infiltration through leaky covers.
  4. Smoke testing may be needed in residential areas. A blower is set up over a neighborhood manhole, and non-toxic smoke is pumped through the sewer line.  Smoke testing can be a very efficient and cost effective way to locate and identify the source of an inflow and infiltration problem.  The smoke used is non-toxic and does not leave any residue.  The smoke is pressurized and follows the path of any leaks in the system, revealing the location of the inflow and infiltration.  Sources of I&I can be cracks in the sewer pipes themselves, roof drains, downspouts, sump pumps, floor drains, French drains and faulty manholes.
  5. Closed circuit television inspection (CCTV)/pipe inspection. We will view inside our system pipes through the use of CCTV.  A small camera travels down the length of a pipe and produces visuals where an operator can identify leaks and be viewed from the surface.
  6. Home inspections. If the amount of I&I cannot be reduced, the Borough will need to have inspections completed by a third party.




Grease and Clogs In the Drain at the Holidays and Anytime of Year

With a couple of the biggest holiday meal displays of the year upon us please remember to put the grease in the trash and not the drain.

Power To Save: Avoiding a Greasy Mess in Your Pipes

Did You Know . . . . .

Did you know that Selinsgrove Borough created a Flood Task Force on May 1, 2017?

Did you know that CK-COG has a listing of acceptable wall finishing materials for flood prone properties?

If you live in the 100-year floodplain, have you considered using marine grade insulation?

For more information, please contact the Selinsgrove Borough Office at 570-374-2311.

Public Participation Policy

The Public Participation Policy was adopted on April 4th, 2016. Click here to view the Public Participation Policy.