ALCOSAN and You: Working Together for Clean Water
Water. It’s our most precious natural resource. At ALCOSAN we believe our mission and our purpose is clear. That’s why we’re working hard everyday to provide you, our customer, with cost-effective, environmentally conscious wastewater treatment that protects the public’s health while enhancing usage of our natural resources.
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Prevost honored as 2017 Civil Engineer of the Year
Working diligently to bring solutions to the region’s issue of overflows caused by excess groundwater and stormwater, ALCOSAN’s Tim Prevost, manager of Wet Weather Programs, is a champion of making our rivers and streams cleaner and healthier through the authority’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program. Because of his efforts, Prevost has been named the 2017 Civil Engineer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Click HERE to learn more.
ALCOSAN's GROW Program receives prestigious national award
The program has been selected to receive a 2018 National Environmental Achievement Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Click HERE to learn more.
Public comment period for ALCOSAN Act 537 Special Study now open
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) is accepting written comments on the ALCOSAN Act 537 Special Study, which provides an update to the 1996 Act 537 Plan that was adopted by the City of Pittsburgh and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The purpose of the Special Study is to amend the 1996 Act 537 Plan to reflect ALCOSAN’s current strategy for the expansion of wet weather treatment capacity at the Woods Run Wastewater Treatment Plant.
In 1996, the 537 Plan outlined the expansion of treatment capacity for anticipated growth and redevelopment and to maximize flows to the plant during wet weather. The purpose was to reduce combined and sanitary sewer overflows within Pittsburgh and ALCOSAN’s other 82 customer municipalities. The 537 Plan called for the expansion of the secondary (biological) and wet weather treatment capacity.
The new Special Study reflects ALCOSAN’s current strategy for the expansion of wet weather treatment capacity at the Woods Run WWTP. This expansion will be a key element of ALCOSAN’s Clean Water Plan; secondary treatment capacity will be expanded to 295 mgd and primary treatment will be expanded to 480 mgd initially and to 600 mgd ultimately to provide wet weather capacity. The Act 537 Plan will remain in effect as amended upon PaDEP approval.
ALCOSAN is requesting review and comment from the general public over the next 30 days starting February 5, 2018 and ending March 7, 2018. Comments may be submitted to ALCOSAN’s Director of Communications Jeanne K. Clark (email@example.com).
To download the entire Special Study, click here. To view a study summary, click here.
NOTICE: ALCOSAN updates Clean Water Assistant Fund figures
ALCOSAN has updated the income limits used to determine homeowners' eligibility for its Clean Water Assistance Fund. The figures are based on those set by the federal government, and they change each year on February 1. Click here for the latest figures and a list of agencies that take applications from lower-income homeowners for help paying their ALCOSAN bills.
ALCOSAN Summer program registration now open!
Registration is now open for ALCOSAN's Summer Science and Clean Water Academy programs for students. For program information and registration instructions, visit our Scholastic Outreach page now.
Hands-On Saturday Workshops for High School Students Announced
ALCOSAN's Scholastic Outreach and Education Department is excited to invite current high school students (9th-12th grade) to join us for our Workforce and Vocational Exploration (WAVE) Hands-On Saturday Workshops for the 2017-2018 school year. This year’s workshops will focus on engineering and careers in various trades. All students interested must RSVP by February 2, 2018. For details about both workshops and to register, click HERE.
ALCOSAN Announces New Rates, Which are Lower Than Previous Estimates
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority Board of Directors yesterday approved a four-year rate structure that will pay for the Clean Water Plan to improve the quality of the water in the region’s rivers and streams. These increases are significantly lower than previously estimated. Click HERE for more information.
ALCOSAN Awards Second Round of GROW Municipal Funding
ALCOSAN's Board of Directors has completed its second round of funding for the innovative Green Revitalization of Our Waterways program. The board approved $9 million in grants for 29 projects that make up Cycle II of the GROW program, instituted to reduce the volume of sewer overflows within the ALCOSAN system. These projects in 25 municipalities, including four neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh, will remove nearly 39 million gallons of stormwater and ground water from the ALCOSAN system annually. For more information, click HERE.
ALCOSAN Scholastic Outreach Professional Development Workshop Series
The Science and Environmental Education Advisory Collaborative (SEEAC) is a professional learning community of formal and informal educators from across the ALCOSAN service area. The group meets quarterly to network, share best practices, learn about ALCOSAN’s proposed educational programs and activities, and provide input to inform the work of the Scholastic Outreach Department to best meet the needs of students. Members of SEEAC are eligible to take advantage of free professional development workshops designed and approved for ACT 48 hours.
This year’s workshop series will offer a total of 14 ACT 48 hours over 4 workshops scheduled for September 2017, November 2017, January 2018, and March 2018. All workshops are scheduled to take place at the ALCOSAN Wastewater Treatment Plant. Additional information regarding the workshops, including topics and registration are provided below. For more information or to register for our 2017-2018 workshops, visit our Professional Development Workshop page now.
Sylvia C. Wilson Elected ALCOSAN Chair
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority Board of Directors has unanimously elected member Sylvia C. Wilson as chairperson. The board also elected ALCOSAN board member Gregory Jones to the position of vice chair and re-elected state Rep. Harry Readshaw as secretary and Jack Shea, president of the Allegheny County Labor Council Executive Board, as treasurer. Click HERE For more information.
Clean Water Assistance Fund Now Available to Eligible ALCOSAN Ratepayers
ALCOSAN’s Clean Water Assistance Fund, approved by the Board of Directors in October, now is available for eligible residential customers. Dozens of social service agencies that work with Dollar Energy throughout the region are now accepting applications. For program details, including eligibility and application procedures, visit our Clean Water Assistance Fund page.
ALCOSAN Executive Director honored by YWCA
Executive Director Arletta Scott Williams has been awarded the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s 2016 Racial Justice Award for business and professional services. As the first woman and first African-American to lead ALCOSAN, Arletta was among seven recipients honored for commitment to racial equality during the YWCA's signature event. Click here to learn more.
Surplus Equipment: ALCOSAN periodically sells used vehicles and equipment on the website: www.publicsurplus.com. Items will be listed under “Allegheny County Sanitary Authority”.
What Can YOU Do about Sewer Overflows?
Looking for information about wet weather issues and the steps you can take to minimize the flow of stormwater into the collection system? Download our Sewer Overflows: What Can You Do? brochure HERE to learn more.
ALCOSAN Participates in Major Green Initiative
A joint project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, ALCOSAN, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and the City of Pittsburgh will result in two pilot projects in the Panther Hollow Watershed designed to manage and minimize runoff naturally through a variety of green infrastructure design components. For complete information, visit our Media Room.
EPA Response to ALCOSAN Extension Request
The Environmental Protection Agency has provided a response to ALCOSAN's proposed Consent Decree schedule change for green infrastructure/flow reduction evaluation. Related correspondence is available for review here.
ALCOSAN Draft Wet Weather Plan
The ALCOSAN Draft Wet Weather Plan was submitted to the three regulatory agencies on January 29, 2013. For further details, click here.
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