Group can connect Aspinwall with stormwater plans
Members of the Congress of Neighboring Communities, known as Connect, and 3 Rivers Wet Weather updated Aspinwall officials on efforts to improve the sewage system and prevent stormwater runoff in the borough.
Connect representative Rich Joyce said work on improving sewage systems and storm water runoff will be a continuing effort of the group.
Wet weather plans from each municipality served by the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority are due in July.
“We've seen that even after gray infrastructure upgrades that they have not met clean water act standards so additional measures may need to be taken,” Joyce said.
John Schombert, executive director of 3 Rivers Wet Weather, said green infrastructure can play a role in improving older sewage systems and preventing storm water runoff from smaller storms into the sewage system.
Alcosan has been encouraged to add green infrastructure to its proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency to improve the sewage system and Alcosan officials have asked for more time to consider more ideas.
“The role for green infrastructure in fixing the pipe could be to reduce the frequency of those overflows by controlling up to even an inch of rainfall on site for those small areas,” Schombert said.
Other ways to improve the sewage system includes requiring a dye test at the time of home sales to make sure there are no problems on individual properties.
That process can take some time, he said.
“It might take a generation to get the full effect of that,” Schombert said.
As communities modernize their sewage systems, they will have to work together to take on projects that benefit the region, Joyce said.
He said Connect can help with that process.
“There needs to be a regional voice. We're hoping to fill that void with the municipalities working together,” Joyce said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Retired lieutenant colonel excited to be home in Indiana Twp. for holidays
- O’Hara woman pens book; tells story of more than 30 years teaching
- Providing officials tablet computers could benefit Aspinwall