Hundreds of municipalities, aging infrastructure, billions of gallons of water, federal regulations that are getting more stringent by the year. When it comes to our region’s sewer system, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Water/Sewer was one of the first policy areas that CONNECT’s membership identified as a priority focus area after our inception in 2009. Since then, our membership has worked diligently in this arena, passing 22 resolutions aimed towards improving our water systems.
Most recently, the majority of our work has been focused on Sewer Regionalization in the ALCOSAN service area. In 2013, CONNECT and 3 Rivers Wet Weather (3RWW) partnered together to establish the Sewer Regionalization Implementation Committee (SRIC) that brought together regional stakeholders to implement a process for sewer regionalization, the transfer of ownership of multi-municipal sewer lines and wet weather facilities from the municipalities to ALCOSAN, as this is seen as the most cost-effective way for the region to meet the demands of federal, state, and county administrative orders that require compliance with the Clean Water Act and the control of sewer overflows.
The SRIC met regularly throughout 2014, and in February 2015, 3RWW and CONNECT joined ALCOSAN in presenting the recommendations of the SRIC to the ALCOSAN customer municipalities through a series of outreach meetings. Over the last year, ALCOSAN has engaged a consultant and asset service company to work with the communities that share the candidate trunk sewers for regionalization.
The outreach has been successful and to date, over 300 miles of pipe have been identified as candidates for transfer. CONNECT is continuing to serve as a partner in this effort, ensuring that communication channels remain open between parties and that progress is ongoing. Transfers are expected to formally commence in 2017.
Click here for a full list of all resolutions passed by CONNECT that relate to our water/sewer work.
Click here for the RAND Report “Robust Stormwater Management in the Pittsburgh Region: A Pilot Study” released in 2017.