ALCOSAN http://wesa.fm en PA House Bills Would Allow Municipalities to Repair Private Sewer Lines http://wesa.fm/post/pa-house-bills-would-allow-municipalities-repair-private-sewer-lines <p>Around 40 percent of all the water treated by ALCOSAN is already clean, according to Jim Good, Interim Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.</p><p>Clean rainwater and groundwater often make their way into the sewer system through leaks in lateral sewer lines, which run from the main line to individual buildings and homes.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:02:19 +0000 Liz Reid 26411 at http://wesa.fm 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 Sewage Rates to Jump 17% http://wesa.fm/post/sewage-rates-jump-17 <p align="left">Water bills in Allegheny County are on the rise again. The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) released a four-year rate structure Thursday that begins with a 17 percent rate increase next year and then keeps growing. In the past the rates have always been released on a year-to-year basis.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:02:53 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 18735 at http://wesa.fm New Law Allows Municipalities to Create Stormwater Authorities http://wesa.fm/post/new-law-allows-municipalities-create-stormwater-authorities <p>One day before flash flooding inundated southwestern Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation permitting municipalities to create stormwater authorities.</p><p>According to the environmental group PennFuture, runoff that is not managed properly can cause flooding and carry pollutants — heavy metals, sediment and nutrients — into waterways, but municipalities now have the option to create authorities to address these issues.</p><p>George Jugovic, chair of PennFuture’s law staff, said this is a big issue that people don’t usually consider.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:57:35 +0000 Jessica Nath 12954 at http://wesa.fm Health Department and Alcosan Advise on River Water Quality http://wesa.fm/post/health-department-and-alcosan-advise-river-water-quality <p>When it rains in Pittsburgh, chances are raw sewage will be discharged into its rivers because so many pipes receive not only sewage, but also storm water, and the system can't handle the volume. &nbsp;</p><p>When this happens, the <a href="http://achd.net/alerts/CSO-alert.html">Allegheny County Health Department </a>issues combined sewer overflow (CSO) flag alerts between May 15 and September 30.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:13:47 +0000 Charlee Song 12267 at http://wesa.fm Groups Challenge ALCOSAN on Transparency Over Wet Weather Plan http://wesa.fm/post/groups-challenge-alcosan-transparency-over-wet-weather-plan <p>The Clean Rivers Campaign announced Monday it is filing a legal challenge to ALCOSAN’s denial of an open records request.</p><p>In May, the group requested any and all documents related to the scope of the work being done on ALCOSAN’s study of green infrastructure. That request was denied by ALCOSAN.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:08:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 11148 at http://wesa.fm Groups Challenge ALCOSAN on Transparency Over Wet Weather Plan Ratepayers Seek Information from ALCOSAN http://wesa.fm/post/ratepayers-seek-information-alcosan <p>To comply with federal law, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority submitted a plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in January to reduce sewage overflows into creeks and rivers at a cost of $2.8 billion.&nbsp;</p><p>At the same time, ALCOSAN requested an 18-month extension to do a study of incorporating "green" infrastructure components proposed at public meetings. Now the people who advocated those changes say they are being shut out of the process.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 00:12:56 +0000 Charlee Song 10422 at http://wesa.fm Green Stormwater Solutions from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/green-stormwater-solutions-washington-dc-pittsburgh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p>Washington DC and Pittsburgh have a common trait of being build right by the water, with low lying areas and old infrastructure. When it became necessary for DC to improve its water and sewage systems -<a href="http://www.alcosan.org/WetWeatherIssues/ConsentDecree/tabid/63/Default.aspx"> like Pittsburgh</a> - the nation’s capital opted for a focus on traditional "gray" options. Tunnels and pipes were the main solution for Washington's sewage and storm water problems.</p><p>But <a href="http://www.georgehawkins.net/p/georges-biography.html">George Hawkins</a>, General Manager of <a href="http://www.dcwater.com/">DC Water</a> has worked to convince the district and the EPA to embrace green infrastructure ideas. By reopening the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/pdf/pdf_chesbay/GreenPartnshipAgreement.pdf">EPA consent decree</a>, DC is on track to becoming a model of sustainable infrastructure. Fri, 10 May 2013 23:28:45 +0000 Heather McClain 9362 at http://wesa.fm Green Stormwater Solutions from Washington D.C. to Pittsburgh ALCOSAN, Communities Urged to Work Together on Regional Approach http://wesa.fm/post/alcosan-communities-urged-work-together-regional-approach <p>A more regional approach to stormwater and wastewater management would mean better water quality, better service and a more efficient system overall. That’s according to a report from an independent review panel convened by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at the request of ALCOSAN.</p><p>The Authority serves 83 communities, each of them is responsible for collection and then conveyance to ALCOSAN pipes, then the Authority is responsible for treatment.</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:29:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 3406 at http://wesa.fm ALCOSAN, Communities Urged to Work Together on Regional Approach