Pittsburgh’s Top Priority: Dedicating Resources to Sustain Sewer System

The city of Pittsburgh is diligently working toward a resolution for the improvement of the city’s water infrastructure.  The pipelines within the structures are also a concern as lead contaminants have been a problem for households, though not all homeowners have been affected. To date, Pennsylvania has the most combined sewer overflows, nationwide. Aging infrastructure along with overloaded sewer systems, as well as contamination of rivers and streams has taken its toll on the state’s water systems.  As a whole,

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Pittsburgh Highlights the Prudence of Planting Trees to Avert Flooding

The City of Pittsburgh is going to great lengths to put strategies in place to assist and manage stormwater. The current agenda is putting conservation first and demonstrating best practices while saving both trees, the environment and city expenses, simultaneously. The main focus is to assuage the local street flooding and sewer backups caused by large rainstorms. The characteristics of stormwater management improve the quality of local waterways.  During storm events, the combined sewer system is often overwhelmed, causing combined

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University Of Pennsylvania’s “Green” Work of Art

The University of Pennsylvania has been both resourceful and innovative in the creation of sustainable “green” projects. Within the last decade, collaborators formed an outstretched area of land intended for use by the Penn community, named Shoemaker Green. This 2.75-acre park on the campus, resembles a large bathtub in design and is multi-faceted in order to capture and recycle the storm water and HVAC runoff from the surrounding buildings. The system includes a 20,000-gallon underground cistern, porous hardscape surfaces, and

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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

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Pittsburgh Neighborhood Launches Inventive Watershed Project

The community of Penn Hills is beginning a project that has been on hold until warmer weather. Now that spring is here, environmental initiatives benefiting the watershed will take place. The Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, the nonprofit responsible for preserving Pittsburgh’s East End, implemented a strategy to alleviate the obstacles that water runoff has caused.  The idea is to reroute the rainwater and have it absorbed into the environment, instead of overflowing storm water drains. Through the natural process

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Pittsburgh Sewer Authority Grant Program

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff. Green infrastructure can be a cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for managing the volume, rate and water quality of stormwater runoff while providing many additional benefits to communities. PWSA’s GI Matching Grant Program aims to increase the use of GI in the City of Pittsburgh. This program supports the implementation and monitoring of innovative

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Pittsburgh Sewer Authority’s Charitable Green Deeds

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to a “green first” approach to improving water quality affected by storm water runoff. Green infrastructure (GI) can be a cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to manage the volume, rate and water quality of storm water runoff while providing many additional benefits to communities. That said, as time goes by and populations grow, we see more and more Green initiatives cropping up. Such is the case with The Pittsburgh Sewer

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