Fitzgerald decries sewage overflows in Allegheny County

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Speaking to a convention of sewer officials and environmental experts, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald pushed today the importance of working together to curb the dumping of sewage into the region's waterways.

Every year, Allegheny County's overwhelmed sewers discharge a combined 9 billion gallons of wastewater into streams and rivers, overflowing whenever heavy rains overwhelm systems.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority to solve the problem, which could cost as much as $3.6 billion

Delivering the keynote speech at the 15th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference in Monroeville, Mr. Fitzgerald said the region has tackled tough environmental issues before -- and can do so again.

"One thing this region has shown the ability to do is work together. What we've been able to do over the past few years economically is the envy of the country," he said. "We need to put those skills and those abilities to work on this issue."

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Andrew McGill: amcgill@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1497. First Published October 16, 2013 10:42 AM


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