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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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.

Green Workplace Challenge Workshop
On April 27, ALCOSAN teamed with Sustainable Pittsburgh to host a Green Workplace Challenge Workshop.  Participants learned how to earn GWC points for their organizations while helping to address the shared challenge of sewer overflows in the region.  Interested parties who were unable to attend the event can watch the workshop now by clicking here.

ALCOSAN Holds GROW News Conference
ALCOSAN held a news conference on Wednesday, February 8 to discuss the approval of $9 million in matching grants for 32 municipal projects as part of the GROW program.  
News Conference (Video)
News Release
Project Summary
Project Map

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: Items will be listed under “Allegheny County Sanitary Authority”.

2016-2017 Scholastic Outreach Professional Development Workshop Series  
Educators have an opportunity to earn up to 14 ACT 48 credits by participating in ALCOSAN's educator's workshop series.  Registration is now open for all 2016-2017 sessions.  For series information and online registration, visit our Professional Development Series page.

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.

PUBLIC HEARING:  Developing a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) for ALCOSAN Ratepayers  
ALCOSAN hosted a public hearing on November 16, 2015 regarding development of a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) for our ratepayers.  To view the hearing in its entirety, visit the ALCOSAN YouTube Channel HERE.

(Video courtesy of WQED.)

Subcommittee Created to Develop Customer Assistance Program
ALCOSAN's Board of Directors has created a subcommittee to work with ALCOSAN staff to develop a Customer Assistance Program (CAP) for low income ratepayers.  To learn more, visit the ALCOSAN Media Room.

Community Discussions
ALCOSAN conducted a series of community discussions on January 28-29 to provide an update on the Wet Weather Plan and the status of regulatory negotiations.  You can now watch the January 29th meeting here - recorded in its entirety on the ALCOSAN campus - via ALCOSAN's official YouTube channel.

ALCOSAN Announces Four-Year Rate Structure
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) announced today that they have created a four year rate structure which will help residents, businesses and the Authority better prepare for the future.   For full information, visit our Understanding Your Bill page. 

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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Upcoming Events

ALCOSAN Public Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Official Press Releases

ALCOSAN Wins its Division in Green Workplace Challenge


ALCOSAN is thrilled by its selection as a winner in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge.

Learn to Prepare for Emergencies at ALCOSAN's Open House

With all of the danger and damage caused by this season’s powerful hurricanes, it’s no wonder many people have questions about what they can do to remain safe in the event of an emergency. During the 15th annual Open House on Saturday, ALCOSAN will host the Allegheny County Emergency Preparedness Booth with interactive games, educational resources and industry professionals on hand to discuss preparedness goals and initiatives.



Double the Fun at ALCOSAN's Open House Saturday

Thousands of people attend ALCOSAN’s award-winning Open House each year, and there’s an extra incentive for them to return this year, and to bring newcomers with them.

Other Press Releases

ALCOSAN in the News

9/18/16 - ALCOSAN shows off with open house  (Post-Gazette)
9/5/16 - Rep. Readshaw receives Municipal Association award  (South Pgh Reporter)
7/1/16 - Get Out:  ALCOSAN's water-quality alert system (Post-Gazette)
6/26/16 - ALCOSAN camp put focus on clean water (Post-Gazette)

For all press releases and news items, please visit the ALCOSAN Media Room
















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