ALCOSAN awards grants to Fox Chapel, Shaler, Etna for sanitary sewer work - FoxChapel

ALCOSAN awards grants to Fox Chapel, Shaler, Etna for sanitary sewer work

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 12:01 AM

Fox Chapel has earned more than $250,000 for sanitary sewer work through ALCOSAN’s latest round of funding.

Money will be used for new lines along Riverview Terrace, which sits off Delafield Road near the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System campus.

The project will include replacement of about 2,400 linear feet of 8-inch diameter line, 730 linear feet of 6-inch diameter line and 16 manholes.

“Council is pleased to be recognized by receiving this grant for the community,” Manager Gary Koehler said. “Fox Chapel borough is willing to do its part in reducing infiltration and inflow into the ALCOSAN system and thereby protecting streams and the river from combined sewer overflows.”

Money came through ALCOSAN’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program, a commitment to green infrastructure and source control.

The most recent round of grants totaled just more than $9,730,000 distributed to 21 municipalities and municipal authorities for projects that are expected to remove about 25 million gallons of overflow volume per year.

Other nearby communities that were awarded money include Etna and Shaler.

Etna earned $354,300 to remove runoff from roofs and paved areas along Butler Street, the borough’s central business district, from its combined sewer system. Money also will be used to improve the appeal of the existing streetscape.

Shaler earned $403,300 to replace 4,600 linear feet of sewer lining in the residential areas along Saxonburg Boulevard and Cunningham Run. Potential work also includes manhole rehab, manhole replacement and top hat liners.

“Our GROW program continues to be an integral part of our Clean Water Plan,” Arletta Scott Williams, ALCOSAN’s executive director, said.

“We have made it clear that partnering with our customer municipalities and municipal authorities is key to reaching the goals laid out in the plan. These grants provide our partners with invaluable assistance in keeping water out of their sewer systems.”

In the first three cycles, ALCOSAN awarded $22 million for 80 projects, leveraging $25 million in municipal, authority and third-party funding.

Those projects were expected to reduce overflows into regional waterways by nearly 127 million gallons.

Founded in 2016, the GROW program extends to 83 member municipalities and municipal sewer authorities that send wastewater to the ALCOSAN treatment facility.

The fifth round of funding will open later this year.

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