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Manor wants DEP study of sewer lines

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 2:36 p.m.

Manor Council voted Wednesday to rescind a previous motion to perform its own storm-water and sewer line study and instead allow officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority to meet and discuss a corrective plan.

The borough is among a number of communities under a state mandate to separate storm and sanitary lines. During heavy rains, combined lines force enormous volumes of water into the treatment system and allow untreated sewage to run into streams and other waterways.

Last week, council voted to allow engineer Ed Antonacci to study lines along Atlantic Avenue where the largest volume of water appears to gush into Brush Creek.

On Wednesday, planning and zoning Director Chuck Charrie said a representative from the DEP would be willing to come to the borough for an informational meeting.

Council President Bob Eathorne said the borough is actively working with officials from WWMA and engineer Mark Poole.

'Because they own the regulators, and it's their permits, they should be responsible for the overflows. This is being addressed. Manor has had early contact with the DEP,' said Eathorne.

Charrie suggested rescinding the motion to save the borough money it would have to pay Antonacci to do a study, and simply bring the two entities together.

'Let's have a meeting with WWMA and the DEP and let them hash it out,' he said.

On a related sewage issue, Eathorne said complaints about odors seeping into homes along Route 993 and Oak Street will be investigated. 'We had some complaints and we're going to get video of the lines and see if there is a problem,' he said.

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