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Odor still vexes Harmar residents

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By George Guido
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 12:56 a.m.

Allegheny Valley Joint Sanitary Authority officials are hoping the odor problem at the sewage treatment plant in Harmar will be cleared up in about six weeks.

Several more residents filed complaints with the Allegheny County Health Department related to the odors, which have lasted through the summer and much of the fall.

Authority board members feel the right type of bacteria is being grown to solve the problem.

The bacteria is being maintained at about 95 degrees and officials said the chemical combination to produce the right type of methane gas isn't at the right level yet to treat the odor.

Authority general manager Rich Chiavaretta said he is keeping county health department officials appraised of the situation.

In other business

• The authority plans to unveil its budget on Dec. 13.

The fiscal year for the authority lasts from Feb. 1 to Jan. 31.

The authority board will reorganize Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., followed by its regular meeting at 7:30.

Board members represent Springdale, Springdale Township, Cheswick and Harmar.

Each year, the four board members are augmented by an extra member from each of the municipalities on a rotating basis to form a five-member board.

Next year, the extra seat will be held by Harmar.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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