ALCOSAN holding local meetings to discuss sewage overflow issues


November 3, 2009

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) will hold a series of public meetings about the sewage overflow issue, expected to cost in the billions of dollars to correct, and impact every citizen now and in the future.

The meetings will provide information and offer opportunities to work together with ALCOSAN and area municipalities to implement a wide variety of solutions. Meetings in the South Pittsburgh area include:

Tuesday, Nov. 10, Brashear Center, 2005 Sarah St. on South Side.

Tuesday, Nov.17, Hill Top United Methodist Church, 631 E. Warrington Ave. in Allentown.

Thursday, Nov. 19, Courtyard by Marriott, 401 W. Waterfront Dr. in W. Homestead.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with a brief presentation beginning at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and children's activities will be provided.

The EPA consent decree issued to ALCOSAN will coordinate with existing community agreements. ALCOSAN's document addresses maximizing flow to the treatment plant and providing a greater level of treatment The 83 communities within the ALCOSAN service area are currently under EPA mandates to repair broken sewer lines, reduce inflow and infiltration, reduce the frequency and amount of combined sewer overflows, and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows.

While the issue of regulatory consent decrees addressing sewer overflows is not unique throughout the country, the ALCOSAN service area provided a challenge due to the fragmentation of sewer line ownership. ALCOSAN owns and maintains 90 miles of interceptor sewer lines while the communities own and maintain almost 4,000 miles of sewer lines

For more information, contact Glenda Murphy at 412-224-4316 or gmurphy@ For a complete list of meetings in all areas, visit


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