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Posted on: October 25, 2018

Update on residential sewer lateral testing

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In the coming months, Mt. Lebanon, all our surrounding communities and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (our wastewater treatment plant) are likely to be covered by a federal consent decree that will require us to change the way we collect, clean and discharge stormwater and wastewater.

As a result, Mt. Lebanon commissioners have been discussing enacting an ordinance requiring residents to have the lateral sewer lines (the line that carries wastewater from the home to the municipal sanitary sewer) inspected for damage when a property is transferred. If those lines have unacceptable levels of damage, the homeowner would need to make repairs. Since the Commission began to discuss the ordinance, many people in the community have had comments and questions about the impacts of the proposed ordinance.

Mt. Lebanon staff are taking additional time to review the language in the proposed ordinance. We are speaking with staff members from neighboring municipalities that have a similar ordinance in place to find out their experiences. We also are looking into other questions, such as how repairs should be done for homes with laterals that extend into the street.

The ordinance already has been narrowed in scope to include only those homes being sold.

In the coming weeks, we will make additional information available about the municipality’s process for sanitation and stormwater collection and discharge, as well as our efforts with 3 Rivers Wet Weather, a nonprofit environmental group that has been meeting with state and federal regulators for more than a year on this topic.

At this point, the Commission has not yet set a date for further discussion of the ordinance. We will update residents as soon as we have a date when the ordinance will be ready for commission deliberation.

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