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Valley News Dispatch

Kiski Valley sewer authority moves to accept 37 Murrysville homes

| Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, 11:57 a.m.

Relief finally could be on the way for 37 Murrysville homeowners, many of whom have troubled septic systems.

The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority on Monday night authorized Solicitor Larry Loperfito to notify the state Department of Environmental Protection that the authority will accept flow from the Murrysville homes.

The homes in question are close to Washington Township lines along Pucketa Creek and Route 366.

Murrysville has its own authority, known as the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority. But that authority's lines are 2,000 feet away from the Pucketa development and it would be impractical to run sewage lines over a hillside to connect with the Franklin Township system.

Franklin became known as Murrysville when a home rule charter took effect in 1974, after the sewage authority was established.

Loperfito expects a rather quick process to accept the Murrysville homes.

He said the KVWPCA is the last entity to approve an intermunicipal agreement that includes the supervisors and municipal sewage authorities of both Washington Township and Allegheny Township. In August, Murrysville council approved its 37 residences to jump on board with Kiski Valley.

The Municipal Authority of Allegheny Township for a time was reluctant to accept the Murrysville homes, contending its pipes could not accommodate the 37 homes because further residential development is anticipated in that township.

The proposed agreement has taken about a decade to negotiate.

“There are still some issues flowing,” Loperfito said. “But I want to be able to tell the DEP that we are taking the final step.”

Participation by the Murrysville homes will be voluntary, though most of the homeowners in earlier interviews with the Tribune-Review favored hooking onto the Kiski Valley system.

The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority serves 13 municipalities and recently doubled the size of its treatment plant in the Pine Run section of Allegheny Township. The authority can treat up to 19.1 million gallons of flow daily.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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