Our Mission Statement: “To guarantee a continuous, uninterrupted, reasonably priced supply of quality water to its customers which assures public health while promoting regional stability and future development.”

The Erie Water Works assumed operations of Erie’s water system on January 1, 1992. The Erie Water Works is an independent organization whose goal is to operate, maintain and rehabilitate the water system for the Erie, Pennsylvania region, while providing service at an affordable cost. Working together to make a difference, Water Works employees stand by the community they work for and their Mission Statement.

Please enjoy a seven minute video which briefly outlines the history of Erie’s water system and describes the Erie Water Works commitment to providing this precious and abundant resource to our community.

east lake hydropillar

EWW Board

Daniel J. Bensur


Richard E. Wagner

Vice Chairman

Paul D. Gambill


Ryan M. Bergquist


Cheryl Rush Dix


Shantel D. Hilliard


David E. Palotas


Jeffrey Willis II, PE


Heather A. Harrington, Esq.


Board Meetings

The Erie Water Works Board Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the John J McCormick Jr Administration Building located at 340 West Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA

Authority Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday. (814.870.8000)

Please note that the dates and times are tentative and may be subject to change.

erie water works facility

Senior Management

Mr. Craig H. Palmer, P.E.

Chief Executive Officer

814.870.8000 ext. 208


Mr. Ronald G. Costantini

Sr. Manager, Administration

814.870.8000 ext. 306


Mr. Peter N. Hirneisen, P.E.

Sr. Manager, Distribution

814.870.8000 ext. 601


Mr. Ronald J. Loader

Sr. Manager, Customer Service & Meters

814.870.8000 ext. 119


Mr. Mark R. Murray

Sr. Manager, Operations, Water Quality & Maintenance

814.870.8000 ext. 406


Dr. Chad J. Ellsworth, P.E., P.G.

Sr. Manager, Engineering Services

814.870.8000 ext. 202


Service Areas

The EWW serves the City of Erie, Lawrence Park Township, Wesleyville Borough, Harborcreek Township, Millcreek Township, McKean Township, McKean Borough, and portions of Summit and Greene Townships. Additionally, bulk water is sold directly to the Summit Township Water Authority and Fairview Township Water Authority for distribution to their customers. The map below depicts the primary and bulk service supply areas of Erie Water Works.

erie metropolitan area public water service areas

Potable water is essential to economic growth and development. The City of Erie and many of its surrounding municipalities are fortunate to be located within the boundaries of the Great Lakes Drainage Basin (GLDB). Water within the basin replenishes Lake Erie’s water supply. In turn, the water from Lake Erie can be used as public water to areas located within the GLDB. The water from Lake Erie is protected from being diverted outside the GLDB by the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 insuring an abundant supply of water for future generations. The Great Lakes Water Basin is depicted as the blue-shaded areas in the map below and exists as the potential expansion service area of Lake Erie water.

potential service areas from lake erie water

Erie Water Works History

brown's hotel


Water came from shallow wells and natural springs, like the Brown’s Hotel’s two natural springs.
big bertha


“Big Bertha,” a 20 million gallon per day MGD Bethlehem Triple Expansion High Duty Pumping Engine was installed.
camphausen pumping and filtration facility


A second pumping and filtration facility was completed servicing Southeastern Erie and Wesleyville.
low service electric pumps


During an upgrade “Big Bertha” was replaced by three 18MGD Low Service Electric Motor Driven Pumps.
sigsbee caretakers house


Completed construction of the South Booster Station and the Sigsbee Care Takers House was restored.
chestnut street pumping station


Chestnut Street Pumping Station was renovated
construction of myrtle distribution storage facility


Construction of the 12th and Myrtle Distribution Storage Facility was completed.
water main replacements and extensions


Several Water Main Replacement and/or Extension projects were completed.


John J. McCormick Jr. Administration Building facility

John J. McCormick Jr. Administration Building

340 West Bayfront Pkwy Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

A sailor’s landmark on the southern shore of Presque Isle Bay, the Erie Water Works’ Chestnut Street Facility has an extensive history of providing water to the City of Erie and surrounding community.

Engineering, Distribution, & Meter Service Center facility

Engineering, Distribution, & Meter Service Center

240 West 12th St. Erie, Pennsylvania 16501

The Engineering, Distribution and Meter Service Center, located in the heart of the service area, provides a centralized facility from which the construction services are dispatched.