Years of Separation Work Puts Kiski Valley in Compliance; Nearly 30 Years after the Federal Water Quality Act of 1987 Was Signed, the 13 Municipalities Making Up the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority Are in Compliance. [Derived Headline]

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Years of Separation Work Puts Kiski Valley in Compliance; Nearly 30 Years after the Federal Water Quality Act of 1987 Was Signed, the 13 Municipalities Making Up the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority Are in Compliance. [Derived Headline]


Guido, George, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Nearly 30 years after the federal Water Quality Act of 1987 was signed, the 13 municipalities making up the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority are in compliance.

It took a couple of decades of lawsuits, countersuits, delays, threats, concerns about nuclear contamination and other roadblocks to get everybody on board.

A 1994 directive that developed from the 1987 legislation was a mandate that municipalities have separate pipes for stormwater and raw sewage.

In many older communities, lines that were installed as far back as the 1890s had sewage and stormwater, much of it from residential downspouts, flowing in the same pipes. During heavy thunderstorms, the system became overwhelmed and raw sewage would pour into the Kiski River, which leads to municipal water sources along the Allegheny River.

"Everyone has met compliance," said Dennis Duryea, KVWPCA general manager.

To treat a larger amount of sewage, the Kiski Valley plant had doubled its capacity at its headquarters in the Pine Run section of Allegheny Township.

It can treat up to 7 million gallons per day and can accept 31 million gallons on a given day. The treatment plant averages about 3 million to 4 million gallons in an average day.

"The new plant operation is going very well," Duryea said. "After a period of rain, we can treat every drop."

Now, flow monitors have been installed in the 13 municipalities to determine how much each area is contributing.

That's important to a town such as Vandergrift, where, if its new system is eliminating enough flow getting away to the Kiski River, the borough won't have to spend millions of dollars for Phase III of its system overhaul to separate the remaining pipes.

"All the data needs to be collected for about six months," Duryea said. "Starting in June, we'll be able so see data as to how it's working."

But getting to this point hasn't been easy.

Some municipalities were waiting for a "drop-dead" date to get their separation projects started.

In Apollo's case, there were concerns about disturbing contaminated soil when excavation for new lines was planned. …

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