CONNECT was selected in early 2011 as a recipient of an “Options for Regional Sewer System Management” award from 3 Rivers Wet Weather. The $95,000 grant was used to perform an analysis and develop recommendations for the issues of governing municipally owned sewer lines located in the 19 CONNECT municipalities that have a direct flow connection with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA). A map of these flows can be found here.
Currently, these connection points are governed by an assortment of formal and informal agreements separately negotiated by the PWSA and each individual municipality. The CONNECT Multijurisdictional Sewer Management Study examined the cost and condition of these multijurisdictional lines and the advantage/disadvantage of existing ownership approaches, and proposed alternative models of management and financing.
The Water/Sewer Working Group is reviewing these recommendations and is working with all parties involved to come to a resolution that benefits everyone.