MATSF Programs

The following information is provided to inform our customers and residents of programs related to waste water managment



ACT 537 SEWAGE FACILITIES PLAN UPDATE, MILLERS RUN SPECIAL STUDY

PUBLIC NOTICE, the Municipal Authority of the Township of South Fayette has prepared an Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Special Study for interceptor capacity upgrades in the Millers Run interceptor sewershed in order to bring the system into compliance with the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law and the Federal Clean Water Act.  Click here to view:  PUBLIC NOTICE  or the  ACT 537 PLAN UPGRADE


AREA-WIDE SEWER TELEVISING PROGRAM NOTICE

If you have recently received an orange numbered notice from the Authority on your door,  the intent of the notice is to inform residents of the upcoming inspection of sanitary sewers in that particular area.  The inspection will be performed by Authority personnel in clearly marked vehicles.   It will include televising the publically owned portion of the sanitary sewer along with a portion of each building sewer (lateral) connected to the public sewer.   Sanitary sewer manholes will also be inspected as part of this program.   While Authority personnel will not need to enter your home, they may need to traverse your property in order access manholes if there is a sanitary sewer easement on your property.  This inspection does not take the place of a more thorough inspection of your sanitary sewer lateral should you sell your property.

For additional information regarding this area wide inspection program, click here.

To view the sewer televising flyer that was included with February 2013 sewage bills regarding this program, click here.

To view the information regarding the Authority’s financial incentive program for property owners who replace their sanitary sewer lateral, click here.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Authority office at 412-257-5100, extension 5 or 6, should you have any questions. 



MATSF SEWER TELEVISING PROGRAM


Click here for: MATSF Sewer Televising Flyer

Sewer Main Televising


The Municipal Authority of the Township of South Fayette’s Administrative Consent Order with the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) requires that the public sanitary sewer system be inspected on a routine basis. Our ACHD approved Operation and Maintenance program calls for televising 10% of the 126 miles of public sanitary sewers annually. As such, you may occasionally observe MATSF field personnel and the MATSF televising van in your neighborhood. It is important that manholes that may be on your property be accessible (not covered with dirt, mulch or other landscaping) to allow for insertion of the sewer camera, the sewer cleaning machine or for general system maintenance. Covering manholes is a violation of Township Ordinance 312.



Sewer Lateral Televising

The sewer televising equipment has the capability of inspecting sewer mains along with the lower portion of individual building service laterals connected to the main. Since a portion of the lateral may fall within a public right-of-way, and since the overall building service laterals represent at least another 70 miles of pipe over and above the 126 miles of public sewer mains in South Fayette Township, it is important for the laterals to also be televised periodically. As you may be aware, a detailed inspection of sewer laterals is required for any property as part of a real estate transfer. However, since only a small percentage of properties are sold in any given year, it is important for the Authority to periodically check the condition of laterals on an area-wide basis, especially in areas where there is documentation of high rates of infiltration/inflow. Unlike the property transfer inspection where a push camera is typically inserted into a lateral at the building fresh air vent or clean-out near your house or commercial building, during an area-wide lateral inspection, the pictured van utilizes a camera “launched” from the sewer main to partially inspect all laterals located between 2 manholes. Observed defects are documented. Should significant defects be observed in the private portion of a lateral during this area- wide inspection, it is the intent of MATSF to inform the property owner of the nature of the defect. Defects identified on the public portion of any lateral will be documented for a future repair by MATSF. For more information please contact the Authority office at 412-257-5100 with any questions or concerns.


MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY: LEAKS IN PRIVATE SEWER LINES CAUSING SEWER OVERFLOWS

A large percentage of the water leaking into South Fayette’s sanitary sewer system is coming from the privately owned portions of the system, the Township Municipal Authority has discovered while inspecting sewer lines through dye testing and video inspections. The sanitary sewers are not designed or intended to handle storm water or ground water from such sources as downspouts, french drains, and area drains.

All communities whose sewers discharge into the ALCOSAN system – including South Fayette – are under a consent order to minimize this type of infiltration. While the Municipal Authority continues to inspect the public portion of the system and make repairs as defects are identified, it is clear that problems associated with the privately owned portion of the system can not be ignored. Thus, the Authority Board has established a Private Sector Committee to explore options in this regard.

As of June 1, 2007, all property transfers require a video inspection of the lateral sewer. The committee is progressing towards recommending inspection of laterals independent of property sales, and updates to regulations in this regard are expected in 2013.

 

KDKA TV ARTICLE: HOMEOWNERS FOUND POLLUTING COULD HAVE TO SHELL OUT THOUSANDS

(KDKA) – It’s a test you might not even know you’ve failed. Letters are going to be going out soon to local homeowners saying they’re polluting local water. It’s part of an effort to keep the rivers clean. The test is simple, but if you fail, it’ll cost you as much as $10,000 — potentially bankrupting many. “I don’t see how people are going to get through this,” one homeowner said.

Still, the state and federal governments say it’s time to pay up.

“We cannot put this off,” John Poister with the Pennsylvania DEP said. “We cannot kick this can down the road. It has to get done.”

The problem is the region’s antiquated sewers – when it rains heavily — they get overloaded and raw sewage spills into our rivers and streams. As part of this $5 billion consent decree, these dye tests determine if your house is adding to the problem. If the green dye reveals that the runoff from your leaders and gutters drains into the sanitary sewer — instead of the storm sewer — you have to fix it.

Most people are probably looking at $5,000 to $10,000 to get it out of the sanitary and to where it has to go.

In order to sell a house in Carrick, the elderly sisters who lived there had to shell out $9,200 to direct the water into the storm sewer — about 20 percent of the sale price of $50,000. “It’s a lot of money that was taken out of these ladies hands,” the homeowner said. “They really needed it.”

But now state and federal environmental officials say that every house must be fixed. A map shows that 5,000 properties in the city of Pittsburgh — many of which are in working class South Hills neighborhoods like Carrick, but they’re not alone — municipalities like Homestead, Etna, Braddock, Aspinwall and Crafton — just to name a few are, in major violation.

“This is going to be a very difficult mountain to climb for many communities,” Poister said. The state Department of Environmental Protection says it’s willing to work with those towns but has no funds to offset the cost. It’s a huge hit, but with no help coming from the state or federal government there’s no money to pay for it. The only likely target is your wallet.

Click here to watch the Video on Dye Testing:   DYE TESTING VIDEO


STORM WATER RUNOFF INFORMATION

Storm Water Runoff can be harmful to our environment, please click here for additional information and useful Links:
Storm Water Runoff

 

WET WEATHER SEWER OVERFLOW INFORMATION

South Fayette Municipal Authority and The Overflow Connection has provided the following information;
Wet Weather Effects and Sewage Overflow and What is Sewage Overflow

For more about the wet weather sewer overflow issue and updated progress reports, visit the following website for additional information: www.overflowconnection.com