Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One in 10 Monroeville Structures Fail Dye Test

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

One in 10 Monroeville Structures Fail Dye Test

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About 10 percent of the structures in Monroeville that have been tested for illegal sewer connections have failed.

The Monroeville Municipal Authority has conducted dye tests on 1,300 residential and business structures and found 196 to have storm drains flowing into sanitary sewer lines. During heavy rains, the lines could overflow causing sewage to pollute streams and rivers.

John Capor, general manager of the authority, said costs can be between $50 and $3,000 for a property owner to remedy the problem. He added that many of the residents are not aware of the illegal connection because it had never been detected.

Many houses and structures were built more than 50 years ago with the storm water flow going into sanitary lines. But now the problem has to be rectified, the federal Department of Environmental Protection has ruled. …

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