Pittsburgh is Getting There: Making Progress for Sustainability and Sewers

Of all the good thing Pittsburgh is known for, the city is still trying to better its reputation on water quality. There have been recent improvements to the adaptive-management approach to fix our sewer system which has made a noticeable difference in the ratepayer’s satisfaction with the city. Pittsburgh is taking a much closer view of how sustainable measures would benefit residents and nearby communities. This means prioritizing investments in green infrastructure and upgrading the sewer system and the treatment plant. Green infrastructure including wetlands, bio swales, green roofs and neighborhood parks captures the stormwater where it falls, rather than channeling it into sewers, where it can cause unhealthy sewage overflows into rivers and creeks.

Expansion is the critical piece in a strategy that both maximizes the effectiveness of green infrastructure and substantially reduces the amount of sewer overflow and even potentially reducing sewer overflows by massive gallon amounts. The city’s most environmentally conscientious projects can lead the way toward a sewer infrastructure investment that produces triple the benefits by way of environmental, social and economic sustainability. In addition, the investment in green infrastructure can have a positive effect in a multitude of ways. Not only by reducing stormwater runoff, but aiding the region in addressing other demands including flooding, air quality, local job creation and neighborhood investment. Working together across municipal boundaries is the most effective means to continually incorporate new strategies as technology improves. Pittsburgh is becoming more and more adept with technological fixes and finding the best possible outcome to better the sewer infrastructure, invest in neighborhoods and clean up the rivers.

Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a “Trenchless Tour” on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned!


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