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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 2, 2014 01:22 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Co Sponsorship: Private Lateral Sewage Line Maintenance
When it rains or when snow melts, excess water can overload a sewer system resulting in sewage overflows into area creeks, streams and rivers. To help protect and regulate the discharges into U.S. waterways, Congress passed in 1972 the Clean Water Act that funds the construction of municipal wastewater treatment facilities and requires the management of polluted storm water runoffs. My legislation would go a step further and provide homeowners with assistance on this matter.

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would address a major cause of wet weather overflows which are related to deteriorating private lateral sewage lines draining into the public sewer system.

In order to provide public funding to assist homeowners in repairing these malfunctioning laterals, my bill would amend the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Act to allow municipalities to include private lateral rehabilitation or replacement in PennVEST funding applications when determined by the municipality that it is the most cost effective approach to reduce wet weather sewer overflows.

Introduced as SB1259