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Baldwin Borough plans meeting to discuss sewerage work

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:03 p.m.

The repair of severely damaged sewers in Baldwin Borough could lead to the placement of grinder pumps in the basement of several homes, officials said.

Borough Council has planned a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday in the municipal building, 3344 Churchview Ave., to discuss how to address complicated spot repairs to damaged sewer lines that likely will mean putting devices in residents' basements, borough manager John Barrett said.

“There's some really unique situations that we have,” Barrett said.

The meeting will be for council members to review the $2 million in “stage-five” repairs needed in the Streets Run Watershed in the borough's northern end and to help decide how to address several challenging repairs, Barrett said. Officials are working to finalize the design of the project.

A decision also must be made about how to alert all residents to the repairs, Barrett said. That likely will come in the form of a large public meeting or street-by-street forums, he said.

Borough engineers found 40 areas where repairs are needed to public sewer lines in the Streets Run Watershed, which is part of Alcosan's territory, engineers have said. In each repair area, there could be as many as 40 homes.

Alcosan and its contributory communities are under a consent decree from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state Department of Environmental Protection and county health department to achieve compliance with the Clean Water Act during periods of wet weather.

As part of the consent decree, the borough is required to monitor its sewer lines by running cameras through 20 percent of them each year. A review of video taken from sewage lines in Baldwin, which is a part of two watersheds, Streets Run and Lick Run, showed numerous repairs were needed to lines in the Streets Run system.

The repairs, though, will not be easy, officials said.

Along Leona Drive, grinder pumps — a waste-management device that stores and pumps waste from a home into the sewage line — might need to be added to the basement of homes, Barrett said.

On Young Drive, the main line that needs repaired runs along a steep slope and would be nearly impossible to repair, the borough manager said.

Officials likely will add a separate line in that area so they do not need to approach improvements on the hillside, Barrett said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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