Strip District is Stripping its Water and Sewer Lines

The Strip District of Pittsburgh is getting a makeover – underground that is. Beginning in late April, more than 3,600 feet of water lines beneath Smallman Street in the area of 16th to 21st streets and more than 4,000 feet of sewer lines will be replaced and rehabbed resulting in a $9 million effort to enhance the underground aging infrastructure in the Steel City. The sewer line rehabilitation means retiring the current combined system and separating flow into district channels

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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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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 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 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 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’s Lake Water Testing Program

Testing the pond and lake water in Pittsburgh is an important step for assessing the city’s water quality and help prevent problems, proactively. For ponds or lakes with an existing quality program, testing is an essential tool for diagnosing the cause of the problem and determining suitable treatment options. The city offers test packages to determine the levels of bacteria in the water. The tests offered and the recommendations that you will receive with your test report assume that your

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Penn State’s Best Practices for Water Wells

Pennsylvania is one of two states without statewide standards for the construction of private water wells. Preventing contaminated water supplies protects the health of you and your family, and it is also less expensive and easier than fixing a water quality problem after it has already occurred. Learning about proper well maintenance is your best line of defense against a polluted water source. Every year, homeowners should do a thorough inspection of their home water well. Keep the area around

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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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