Sewer overflow http://wesa.fm en The Ripple Effects: New Solutions for Water Pollution http://wesa.fm/post/ripple-effects-new-solutions-water-pollution <p>The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority plans to spend more than $2 billion to build miles of new underground tunnels, and to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.</p><p>Some clean river advocates are pushing for alternatives, like green infrastructure.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">Allegheny Front</a>’s Julie Grant looks at the latest in the debate over ALCOSAN’s plan to renovate the region’s sewer system in an on-going series titled <strong><a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/rippleeffects">Ripple Effects</a></strong>. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:26:24 +0000 Heather McClain 20448 at http://wesa.fm The Ripple Effects: New Solutions for Water Pollution Council Members Urged to Pursue Green Solutions to Storm Water Overflow Problem http://wesa.fm/post/council-members-urged-pursue-green-solutions-storm-water-overflow-problem <p>A broad coalition of environmental and community groups Monday urged Pittsburgh City Council to pursue green infrastructure solutions to the city’s storm water overflow problem.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:57:07 +0000 Liz Reid 20023 at http://wesa.fm $5 M State Loan to Ease Sewer Overflows in Hill District & South Side http://wesa.fm/post/5-m-state-loan-ease-sewer-overflows-hill-district-south-side <p></p><p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) has received a $5 million loan from the state for sewer improvement projects in the Hill District and the South Side. &nbsp;</p><p>The PWSA and all communities in Allegheny County are under a 2004 Consent Order to reduce sewer overflows on rainy days.</p><p>PWSA interim executive director Jim Good said cities that have been built in the last 100 years have a separate sanitary and storm water systems.&nbsp; But older cities including New York, Boston and Pittsburgh have combined, single pipe systems.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:06:59 +0000 Kevin Gavin 18685 at http://wesa.fm $5 M State Loan to Ease Sewer Overflows in Hill District & South Side Sewer Overflow Plan Would Cost Pittsburgh Customers an Extra $100 a Year http://wesa.fm/post/sewer-overflow-plan-would-cost-pittsburgh-customers-extra-100-year <p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday submitted a $165 million plan to meet a 2002 federal mandate to reduce sewage overflows into Pittsburgh waterways.</p><p>“We’ve been working on the plan for a little over 10 years,” said Jim Good, PWSA’s interim executive director. “If you printed it out on paper the plan weighs 29 pounds.”</p><p>Good said the plan is “compliant gray,” but the authority went a step further.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:50:36 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14072 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Health Department Issues Combined Sewer Overflow Alert http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-health-department-issues-combined-sewer-overflow-alert <p>The Allegheny County Health Department issued its second combined sewer overflow (CSO) alert of the season Thursday.</p><p>The advisories notify swimmers, boaters and other river-goers if the water has been contaminated by raw sewage after heavy rainfall clogs waste treatment facilities. The length of the advisories depends on the time it takes for the sewer systems to return to normal levels.</p><p>The CSO alerts do not prohibit recreational river activity, but advise the public to reduce water contact, especially those with weak immune systems or open cuts and sores.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 17:22:59 +0000 Michael Lynch 10161 at http://wesa.fm