The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) Board of Directors created the Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) program in a system-wide effort to reduce excess water from entering an already overloaded sewer collection system. The GROW program is now an essential part of ALCOSAN’s long-term plan to create cleaner waterways in compliance with regulations of the federal Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law.
Immediately after the GROW program’s creation, the Authority began working with its 83-member municipalities and municipal sewer authorities that send wastewater to its treatment facility. Under the program, any municipality or municipal sewer authority within the ALCOSAN service area is eligible to submit a source control project for grant funding consideration.
The grants may be used to install green storm water infrastructure, remove streams from the sewer system, reduce the amount of water seeping in through groundwater or to separate out storm sewers. In addition to financial support, ALCOSAN provides technical expertise and other assistance to municipalities for the projects, all with the aim of removing unnecessary storm water and ground water from the system.
Since 2016, the GROW program has provided over $30 million in grant funding towards 105 projects that will reduce sewer overflow by an estimated 142 million gallons.
Any municipality or municipal sewer authority within the ALCOSAN service area is eligible for GROW grants. New grant cycles typically begin in the Fall season. ALCOSAN will schedule information meetings before each cycle to assist municipalities that need it for the application process. Application documents are available via the municipal portal.
Cycle 5 applications, normally due by end of June 2020, now should be postmarked by July 31, 2020.
Please note: For the foreseeable future, ALCOSAN will not accept hand-delivered packages for the GROW Program. Please plan accordingly.
Have questions regarding the GROW program at ALCOSAN? Please contact us at:
|Municipal Partner||Project Description||GROW Grant Received|
|Bellevue Borough||Reimbursement for sanitary sewer lining to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the Jacks Run sewershed.||$38,500|
|Bellevue Borough||Sanitary sewer lining on Dawson Avenue to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the Spruce Run sewershed.||$222,000|
|Bethel Park Municipal Authority||Reimbursement for project along McLaughlin Run sewershed consisting of sewer lining, spot repairs of a sewer line, replacement of 394 linear feet of lateral pipe, and replacement of six manholes. ||$123,200|
|Castle Shannon Borough ||Repair of structural pipe defects within the sanitary sewer system along Connor Road and McCully Road.||$96,000|
|Crafton Borough||Crafton Boulevard - proposed approximately 2,800 feet of new storm sewer.||$2,000,000|
|Crafton Borough South ||Grandview Avenue - proposed to separate the public storm sewer collection system from the combined sewer collection system.||$466,781.50|
|Borough of Dormont||This project consists of sewer lining to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration near West Liberty Avenue.||$91,870.89|
|Borough of Dormont||This project consists of sewer lining to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration near Potomac Avenue.||$50,400|
|Borough of Etna||Remove runoff from roofs and paved areas in the Borough of Etna’s Butler Street central business district from its combined sewer system, reduce stormwater runoff, and improve the appeal of the existing streetscape.||$354,300|
|Borough of Fox Chapel||Sanitary sewer line and manhole replacement in the Riverview Terrace neighborhood.||$251,400|
|Girty’s Run Joint Sewer Authority||This project consists of replacing clay sewer pipe with PVC and sewer lining of a deficient sanitary sewer within a residential collector system within the Wible Run sewershed.||$75,200|
|McCandless Township Sanitary Authority||Installation of 2,467 sewer lining, segment end sealing and service connection work in Lowries Run Interceptor segments. ||$251,394.34|
|McDonald Sewage Authority||Robinson Run - raising manholes along and in Robinson Run to reduce inflow and infiltration.||$9,600|
|Monroeville Municipal Authority||Sanitary sewer lining along Woodhaven Drive in the Garden City neighborhood to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration in the TR-06 sewershed. ||$801,500|
|Municipality of Mt. Lebanon||Shadowlawn – This project consists of the lining of trunk line sanitary sewers downstream from Oak Forest Drive to prevent additional groundwater inflow into the sanitary lines. ||$40,797.88|
|Municipality of Mt. Lebanon||Altoona - Mitigate the flooding/basement backups and re-route the sewers from under the homes, through a proposed parallel sanitary and storm sewer. ||$483,600|
|North Fayette Township ||Sanitary sewer and manhole lining in the Upper Oakdale sewershed.||$35,600|
|Municipality of Penn Hills ||Orin Street – 2,080 linear feet of full length sewer lining of sanitary sewer lines in the residential area along the stream off of Orin Street.||$78,000|
|City of Pittsburgh||Construct new stormwater controls in the parking lot and site surrounding the proposed new golf clubhouse and learning center at The Bob O’Connor Golf Course.||$411,900|
|Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority||Phase one of the Maryland Avenue green stormwater infrastructure project to capture and control stormwater runoff along two blocks of Howe Street and Kentucky Avenue that are bounded by College Avenue to the east and Negley Avenue to the west.
This area contains all of Fred Way and Salem Way and one block of Osterburg Way. ||$733,000|
|Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority||Green stormwater infrastructure project located in Riverview Park will capture, detain and slow release direct stream inflow (DSI) entering the combined sewer near the intersection of Riverview Drive and Mairdale Avenue. ||$1,224,300|
|Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority||This project consists of sewer lining for sanitary sewers and excavated point repairs in the Maytide sewershed along Saw Mill Run. ||$638,800|
|Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority||This project consists of sewer lining for sanitary sewers and excavated point repairs in the Poplargrove Project Area along the Becks Run sewershed. ||$303,000|
|Ross Township||Denny Park - 3,250 linear feet of sewer lining of the sanitary sewer lines in the residential areas and Denny Park along Jacks Run. ||$84,100|
|Ross Township||McIntyre Sewer Rehab - 1,870 linear feet of sewer lining of the sanitary sewer lines near residential areas and McIntyre Elementary School in Ross Township. Also proposed are rehabilitation of manholes, reinstatement of active service laterals,
and top hat liners and manhole frame and lid replacement. ||$170,500|
|Shaler Township||Saxonburg Boulevard - 4,600 linear feet of sewer lining of the sanitary sewer lines in the residential areas along Saxonburg Boulevard and Cunningham Run in Shaler Township. Also proposed are rehabilitation of manholes, reinstatement of active
service laterals, and top hat liners and manhole frame and lid replacement. ||$403,300|
|South Fayette||Millers Run Trunk Sewer rehabilitation is a combination of sewer lining along with joint grouting to address inflow and infiltration. A limited amount of manhole grouting and spot liners were also included in the scope of work. ||$35,800|
|West Homestead||Remove the connections between the storm and sanitary sewer systems and further treat the stormwater by means of a bioretention garden along New 8th Avenue. ||$33,292|
|Wilkins||Queenston Drive – Sewer lining of approximately 6,000 feet of 8-inch diameter sanitary sewer and the reinstatement and grouting of approximately 105 service laterals.||$63,100|
|Wilkinsburg||Sewer lining of approximately 3,250 feet of sanitary and storm sewer, installation of eight sanitary and storm manholes, and the replacement of approximately 150 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer.||$162,600|
ALCOSAN is committed to taking a proactive approach to stormwater management. ALCOSAN and its customer municipalities and authorities have completed significant work throughout the service area to understand the scope and challenges of preventing extraneous source flow from entering the Regional Conveyance System. Building on these efforts, ALCOSAN created guidance documents to support the successful implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI). This document is intended to provide guidelines for private and public entities in constructing GSI, from initial planning stages to post-construction maintenance.
This document provides guidance to facilitate successful performance monitoring of source control projects implemented to reduce inflow into the regional collection system within the ALCOSAN service area. It is intended to be used by ALCOSAN, municipalities, and municipal sewer authorities in planning for, developing and implementing monitoring plans for projects funded under ALCOSAN’s Green Revitalization of Our Waterways (GROW) grant program.