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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NOTICE: ALCOSAN to hold public meeting on Tuesday, January 30
ALCOSAN's long-term plans include a $335 million expansion of its North Side treatment plant. The project is a necessary component of ALCOSAN's Clean Water Plan to reduce the volume of overflows of untreated wastewater into the region's rivers and streams. Learn the details of the plan by attending one of two free public meetings on Tuesday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m..  Both sessions will be held in the ALCOSAN O&M Building Auditorium at 3300 Preble Avenue on the North Side (15233), and shuttle buses from both North Shore T Stations will be available beginning one hour prior to each session.  <Printable event flyer HERE>

Preregistration is encouraged but not required. To preregister, visit our 3 Rivers Proud site now.

Can't attend?  Visit ALCOSAN's Facebook page HERE to watch live streaming video of the 10:30 a.m. session on January 30.

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: 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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Upcoming Events

ALCOSAN Public Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Official Press Releases

ALCOSAN Announces New Rates, Which Are Lower Than Previous Estimstes

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.


The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority Board of Directors has completed its second round of funding for the innovative work that began earlier this year when ALCOSAN launched its Green Revitalization of Our Waterways program.

ALCOSAN Wins its Division in Green Workplace Challenge

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

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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