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Summer Sewage Repair Work to Begin Soon in Penn Hills

An area just outside of Pittsburgh is getting a sewer system upgrade and at the cost of roughly $900,000. Penn Hills is embarking on a three-month sewage repair process that will involve about two miles of the system and includes replacing 41 sections of sewer lines, lining 49 sections and cleaning a pipe. There are 12 pump stations in Penn Hills and the work is expected to begin at the end of June. Sewer service is not expected to be

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Pittsburgh Makes Policy Changes to Reduce Lead Pipelining

The city of Pittsburgh is next in line for policy changes and scheduled pipeline rehabilitations to address the problem of lead in the water systems. Lead contamination in Pittsburgh has been a topic that has prompted increased awareness locally, as well as in cities nationwide. It has brought a pressing need to reinforce public health and safety by reinventing pipelining systems, on a large scale. Thus, a number of changes have gone into effect. The great majority of Pittsburgh homes

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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’s Proactive Approach for Lead Testing and Sewer Maintenance

The city of Pittsburgh has engineered a highly effective sewer system which is designed to induce an overflow, if necessary. This may seem counterintuitive but the reason is due to heavy rains which pour into street-level storm drains, mix with sewage and quickly overwhelm the system. When the gates at the intercept structures are activated, they open and release the excess into the rivers. Otherwise, there would be the unfortunate alternative of raw sewage backing up into homes and onto

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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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Full Steam Ahead! Check Out Perma-Liner Industries 2016 Events Line Up!!

Undoubtedly, you are still enjoying the many highlights that this time of year brings, but as the glory days of summer begin to wane, no worries! We’ve got some exciting events scheduled for you and they’re coming up right around the corner. Mark your calendars for these informative trade shows that you won’t want to miss! First up, Perma-Liner Industries is pleased to announce we’ll be in Milwaukee on September 12-13th for the WEQ Fair. This is the place to

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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 Conducts Testing for Lead in Pipelines

Pittsburgh has recently launched a new program for residents that includes lead testing. If you’re a customer of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, you are eligible for free water testing. If requested, you will receive a sample bottle with simple instructions. An examination of 103 homes revealed non-detectible levels of lead and some had very low levels, but others were more concerning.  Tests show that while water leaving the treatment plant is lead-free; it can pick up lead from

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Pittsburgh Begins Revitalization of Water Tanks

The city of Pittsburgh and cities across Pennsylvania are rehabilitating water storage tanks approved by the local water company.  At least 13 tanks will be inspected and repainted with the goal of prolonging the effectiveness of the tanks and protecting water quality.  American Water has been instrumental in keeping infrastructures up to date and in good operating condition.  The project will also serve to enhance the service that communities receive by and upgrading the equipment the city uses for sewer

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Pittsburgh’s Chock- Full Sewer To-Do List

Pittsburgh is in the process of a large scale project to eradicate the troubled sewer system.   Going first toward green infrastructures as the most efficient means to a cure.  The agenda will set in place the use of permeable pavements, parks, and other green initiatives to reduce sewage overflow issues.  The regulators of the industry have granted an additional 10 years to come into compliance with directives to cut in half the estimated 9 billion gallons of sewage each

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Pittsburgh Sewer Project and Contaminant Reduction

The Pittsburgh sewer project is finally underway that is part of a $5.3 million initiative to rebuild Forbes between Smithfield and Wood Street, which has 80 percent state and federal funding.  As a result of the project, one bus lane toward the Smithfield Street Bridge will be the only traffic on Smithfield between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Traffic on Forbes will be detoured at Cherry Way for at least a month, but one lane is expected to be open after

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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’s High Tech Metering Upgrade

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is now providing state of the art Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology throughout the City of Pittsburgh. The innovative AMI system will greatly enhance monthly automated meter reads with a wireless system that collects multiple remote reads per day, allowing for better leak detection, increased billing features and improved customer service. The meter reading device is a gray or beige box located on the outside of your home or business. The device is

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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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Alcosan’s Water Advisory System

The Alleghany County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) was created in 1946 under the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act and began treating wastewater in 1959. Secondary (biological) treatment processes were added in 1972. The Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors – three appointed by the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, three appointed by the Allegheny County Chief Executive and one joint appointment.  ALCOSAN’s 59-acre treatment plant is one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in the Ohio River Valley,

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Sewer Project Approved for St. Clair Township

The residents of Butler County are looking forward to a new sewer design.  The City has just approved a $2.8 million for funding of a sewer rehabilitation project that began over two years ago.  This initiative is geared towards an approximate 228 residences that are positioned to receive the benefits of this sanitary sewer system.  The funding and grants are being drawn from community development funds.  The immediate plan is to connect at least 100 homeowners with no out of

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Pittsburgh’s FYI on Rainstorms and Sewers

Pittsburgh, did you know the 17th annual sewer conference is coming up in October?  The Monroeville Convention Center is hosting this year’s event on Oct.7th and 8th. It’ll be all things educational on how to deal with our ongoing sewer issues when the rain sets in. Plan for a plethora of information on this topic.  Our region does have its challenges with precipitation being only part of the issue. On average, Pittsburgh experiences approximately 38.2 inches of rainfall per year

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Rainy Season and Sewer Drainage Systems

Many of us are experiencing a rainy season now that summer is in full swing.  Along with the sunny delights and fanfare this time of year brings, there is also a need to think about the proper functioning of our drainage systems where we live.  It is important to know to what extent a drainage issue is prevalent.  In order to do this, a qualified fully licensed professional is needed for drain pipe cleaning. This will also maximize your awareness

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Sewer and Water 101

Summer is indeed here in all its glory.  We know that means rainfall is here, too.  In fact, in many parts of the country we have had record setting storms.  Precipitation can heavily contribute to an overloaded sewer system.  As a nation, we have over 700 communities that utilize combined sewer systems.  There are some Cities that have separate sewer systems but this is no small financial investment.  Even so, municipalities have the burden of making sure these systems are

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