Rules, Reg's & Ordinances
CTSA Chapter 94
Items for Attention/Concern
If you encounter any type of sanitary sewer issues please feel free to contact our office for questions or on-site assistance
PREVENT LOSS FROM BACKUP
Homeowners are susceptible to wastewater backups in their homes due to blocked manhole conditions. In nearly ALL cases,because of the municipal tort law, the Center Township Sanitary Authority's Insurance Company nor the customers home owner's insurance pay for damages caused by these backups.
It is suggested that the customer add a rider to their homeowner's policy that will provide coverage for this backup damage.
Elkhorn Run Water Pollution Control Plant
The plant is located along Elkhorn Run Creek in the Van Kirk section of Center Township. It provides wastewater treatment services to all of Center Township, along with a small portion of Monaca. Currently, the plant processes an annual average flow of 1.3 million gallons of wastewater per day. The plant operates under NPDES Permit No. PA0037940.
The process used for the treatment of wastewater at the plant is called Activated Sludge. Activated Sludge is a biological wastewater treatment process which speeds up the decomposition of wastes in wastewater being treated. Activated Sludge is added to waste-water and the mixture (mixed liquor) is aerated and agitated. After some time in the aeration tank, the Activated Sludge is allowed to settle out by sedimentation and is disposed as needed. The remaining wastewater then undergoes more treatment.
Wastewater is collected from homes and businesses which then flows to the plant. The plant utilizes physical and biological processes (above) to remove the harmful pollution from the wastewater. After treatment, the treated water is released into the Ohio River. Learn more about The History of the Center Township Sanitary Authority and The Elkhorn Run Treatment Plant Process.
Elkhorn Run Treatment Plant Laboratory
Prior to 2006, state certification was not required by laboratories to perform all of the lab tests required by their NPDES Permit. In 2006, the PADEP published the final-form rulemaking for the State's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, requiring in Chapter 25 of the state code that all wastewater analyses must be performed by an accredited laboratory. All laboratories were given the option of performing their own testing with earned certification, or contract out to an accredited commercial laboratory. In an effort to save money and maintain control over testing, The Center Township Sanitary Authority chose to receive state accreditation from the PADEP. The certification program, designed by the PADEP, requires that all laboratories be audited for quality control in use of appropriate chemicals leading to accurate results in the testing of discharged wastewater.
A representative of the PADEP conducted an on-site assessment of the Sanitary Authority and awarded its initial accreditation in 2007. To maintain its accreditation, the laboratory must be staffed with DEP licensed operators and lab technicians. Periodic inspections are done by DEP Personnel. These inspections include testing for procedures, glassware and all instruments and equipment. The CTSA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requires the Authority to report the following tests to DEP on a monthly basis; Flow, Total Residue Chlorine, CBOD5, pH, Total Suspended Solids and Fecal Coliform. The Lab is certified on an annual basis.
The Sewer Collections Program is primarily responsible for maintaining an estimated 15 square miles of sanitary sewer system and approximately 4,642 residential and commercial sewer lateral connections. The program covers, upkeep and maintenance of ten lift stations, execution of the CTSA FOG Plan, Root cutting, manhole inspection & rehabilitation, Inflow & Infiltration control, spot repairs, inspection of all new sewer installations and cleaning (Jetting) of larger trunk lines. Employees involved in this activity provide information by televising and benchmarking the overall condition of the sewer system infrastructure. The information is used to establish maintenance requirements, the need for repairs and development of Capital Improvement Projects.
CCBC Meets CTSA
On September 14, 2017 students from CCBC's system class visited our WWTP. The students were given a tour of the plant and our accredited laboratory. Good luck to these bright young students in the future
Robert "Judge" Martini
224 Center Grange Road
Aliquippa, PA 15001
Ph - (724) 774-0326
Fax - (724) 774-4984
Monday - Friday 8:30 to 4:30
Sat & Sun Closed
Ned Mitrovich, PE
Lennon, Smith, Souleret Eng.
Joseph A. Askar, Esq.
CTSA Sanitary Board
Richard Nicastro - Chairman
Frank Vescio - Vice Chairman
Marsha DeCenzo - Secretary
Joy George- Treasurer
CTSA Board Meetings
Work Sessions are 2nd Tuesday of each month & Regular Meetings are 4th Tuesday of each month.
Meetings begin at 4:15pm