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Faulty sewage pump gear getting replaced in O'Hara

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

A malfunctioning sewage pump station in O'Hara will not be replaced by a gravity line, because that plan appears to be cost-prohibitive.

Instead, the pump station that serves about 40 homes in the Crofton neighborhood will be replaced with new equipment, township engineer Chuck Steinert said.

Costs are expected to be about $100,000. Work likely will be scheduled for next year.

Steinert said he originally hoped to connect sewage lines for the area to the Squaw Run line in Fox Chapel, but there were drawbacks.

“Costs to connect are relatively cheap, but it's the longer-range projects that might be too costly,” Steinert said.

The existing pump station still works, but it is obsolete, he said.

“It's not costing that much money in maintenance but when it fails, it'll be problematic,” he said.

Alpha drive project

Council plans to apply for a state grant to pay construction costs of a sewer project along Alpha Drive.

Township Manager Julie Jakubec will apply for $102,000 through the Small Water and Sewer Program to cover costs of work that began last week. The project will reroute a sewer line that runs beneath the Alpha Drive Bridge that crosses Route 28.

Grant money is made available through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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