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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 12:26 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Private Lateral Sewage Line Improvement/Repair/Maintenance Bills
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 reintroduce two pieces of 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.

Both of these bills were co sponsored by Senators Smith, Rafferty, Williams, Hughes, Yudichak and Costa in the previous session.

Document #1

Introduced as SB289

Description: In order to provide public funding to assist homeowners in repairing these malfunctioning laterals, my first piece of legislation would allow municipalities to use public funds for the improvement, extension, repair or rehabilitation of private lateral sewage lines connected to public sewer systems where the municipality or municipal authority determines that such activities will benefit the public sewer system.

Document #2

Introduced as SB288

Description: My second 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.