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Work on Kiski Valley sewage treatment plant 30% complete

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By George Guido
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

After a little more than six months into its $28 million sewage treatment plant expansion project, Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority officials say that 30 percent of the construction is completed.

The project, which will double the treatment plant's capacity, is expected to be completed in fall 2014.

Officials added that 15 percent of the electrical work is done.

Excavation started on Jan. 7 and the thunderstorms that have occurred this summer haven't had a major impact on the project, which will service 11,000 customers in 13 area municipalities.

“You'll have weather impacting work on every 21-month project,” said Craig Bauer of KLH Engineers. “There's some days lost, but very few complete washouts.”

In other business

• The authority on Wednesday night approved a $4.5 million budget for the fiscal year that begins on Aug. 1. That's about $50,000 less than the current budget.

Expenses were about $188,000 more than expected this year, due in part to about $88,000 in legal expenses incurred during litigation regarding the plant expansion.

The budget is financed through assessments by member municipalities.

• The authority recently took a step toward expanding service to the Bagdad Road area of Allegheny Township where homeowners for years have battled odors associated with channeling sewerage to a holding tank that needs to be flushed monthly.

Sanitary sewer pipes will take material to the Kiski River near ATI-Allegheny Ludlum steel's Bagdad plant, go under the river, then continue briefly in Gilpin where it will eventually arrive at the authority's treatment plant in the Pine Run section of Allegheny Township.

• Corroded iron sewerage pipes serving about two-thirds of West Leechburg soon will be replaced by PVC pipes. The authority approved a $54,000 project that will pump material uphill and eventually to the authority's treatment plant.

• The authority said goodbye Wednesday to 18-year board member Adam Mayer of West Leechburg, who will be moving out of the area.

Members lauded Mayer for his work on the board and other public service groups such as the Leechburg Area pool.

“He has been very active in community affairs,” said Pete Pinto, who represents Gilpin on the authority board.

West Leechburg Council is expected to name a replacement for Mayer by Aug. 21.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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