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Freeport considers connecting with Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority

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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 12:16 a.m.

Anticipating millions of dollars worth of improvements will eventually be needed at its own sewage treatment facility, Freeport Borough officials are looking to tie into the Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority system.

“We want alternatives,” said borough council President Don Rehner. “If the cost is beneficial to residents we could tap into their system.”

In about five years, the borough could be required to finance between $12 million and $14 million in upgrades to its sewage treatment facility.

The upgrades would ensure the plant complies with new environmental regulations.

The borough is providing flow information to the Upper Allegheny Joint authority in order to find out if connecting to the system is feasible.

“We are in very preliminary discussions,” Rehner said.

No one from the authority could be reached for comment.

The Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority serves Brackenridge, Buffalo Township, East Deer, Fawn, Harrison and Tarentum.

In other business

Work is progressing on the new heating and cooling system in the borough building and police station.

Duct work is being installed and the new boiler system and air conditioning units will be installed soon, officials said.

“It's going to be a tremendous cost savings for us,” said Rehner.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or

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