NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP Supervisors address sewer backup problem

One problem is storm water getting into sanitary sewer lines.
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Neshannock Township supervisors once again heard from residents concerning storm water problems.
Rachelle Ayers of Valhalla Drive has more than storm water in her basement. Ayers told supervisors at their meeting Wednesday that the home she shares with her husband has had sewage backup three times in the past four weeks. "I feel violated," she said.
"The township continues to encourage growth, but why aren't we increasing sewage lines?" she asked.
Supervisor Chairman Gale Measel told her that the township plans to have the sanitary sewer engineer identify the trouble spots as soon as possible and do the necessary testing to remedy the solution.
He also added that the township has invested $8 million for sewer expansion. One of the projects will be to improve the lines serving Valhalla Drive.
Storm water problem
Measel said one of the contributing factors to the problems the Ayerses and others are facing is the infusion of storm water into the sanitary sewer lines. He told supervisor Dan Vogler that he wants to see an ordinance enforced forbidding all new construction to connect storm drains to the sanitary sewer system.
Measel also added that he wants the sewer engineer to check the trouble spots, and that once they are identified, the supervisors will contact existing homes to have any storm drains disconnected from the sewer lines.
Residents of Blackstone Drive voiced their complaints about flooded basements and yards.
The supervisors said they are meeting with state engineers and the Army Corps of Engineers to discuss ways to remedy the situation across the township.

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