Our region’s Wastewater Treatment Plant at Dornick Point is an aging facility that over 12 years ago was ordered to stop its frequent and illegal overflows of untreated sewage into the Conemaugh River. We understand the problem is not just with the treatment plant, but with the entire system of underground pipes that convey sewage to Dornick Point.
We agree that it is absolutely necessary to fix this problem as quickly as possible. However, many local property owners have been forced to pay thousands of dollars for illogical and unnecessary sewer line “upgrades,” which have included unreasonable pressure testing and demolition of their property foundations and/or slabs, and replacement of perfectly serviceable lines. Penalties and fines have been levied against property owners who do not comply.
We contend that there are other, more effective solutions, widely recognized by the industry, that should be carried out at public rather than private expense. We believe our constitution prohibits government and agency officials from compelling private property owners to bear such unreasonable expenses. Many homeowners in our area simply cannot afford the mandated sewer “repairs” and have abandoned their properties.
We believe this is unjust, and we have joined together in a formal Alliance for the purpose of launching a lawsuit against the various municipalities and entities involved in these unreasonable and arbitrary sewer line mandates. We hope to end these unlawful policies and receive relief for expenses already paid. Other concerned property owners are invited to join our Alliance.
Current members of the Alliance have selected Tom McAneny to serve as our volunteer leader. Click below to review a letter from Tom that gives more detail on this effort.