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Indiana Township gets $81,000 from Alcosan for sewer rehab

Tawnya Panizzi
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
The aeration basins at the Alcosan wastewater treatment plant on the North Side.
Jasmine Goldband | Trib Total Media
The aeration basins at the Alcosan wastewater treatment plant on the North Side.

Sewer lines in the Ottawa Hills neighborhood of Indiana Township will be rehabbed next year with an $81,000 grant from the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority.

The township was among 25 municipalities to receive money last week through Alcosan's most recent round of funding.

Grants will come through the Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program which seeks to reduce the amount of sewer overflows into the county system.

Work in Ottawa Hills is expected to remove 161,000 gallons of storm water from Alcosan lines.

Alcosan Board Chair Sylvia Wilson said, “We are very pleased to make this second round of awards, and we look forward to continuing success going forward into 2018.”

Sharpsburg and Aspinwall also were each awarded grants to address sewer issues. Sharpsburg got $481,000 to help cover work along Ravine Street and Aspinwall received $300,000 to extend lines along Eastern Avenue.

Any municipality within the Alcosan service area is eligible for future rounds of GROW grants. Money can be used to install green infrastructure and reduce groundwater.

In other news:

The township has reinstated its fall leaf recycling program.

Leaves will be collected by the public works department through Dec. 4. They must be in biodegradable bags at the curb.

Bags are collected throughout the week.

Residents can purchase bags from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the municipal building, 3710 Saxonburg Boulevard. Cost is five for $3.

Public Works Superintendent Larry Smith said leaf bags are taken to a composting site in the North Hills to generate topsoil that is used in township parks.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. Reach her at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or @tawnyatrib.

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