Municipal Authority



North Strabane Township Municipal Authority
1929B Route 519 South
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: 724-745-7220
Fax:724-745-1471
E-mail: info@nstma.com
 
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Board of Directors
 


Craig F. Reisz

Chairman

Anthony W. Sacco

Vice-Chairman

Catherine A. Casciotti

Treasurer

Jessica Wickard

Board Member

Nick Sherman

Board Member

Matthew J. Marasco

Authority Manager

Romel L. Nicholas

Solicitor

Nichols and Slagle Engineering, Inc.

 Engineer

 
Office Personnel
E-mail: info@nstma.com


Kathy Desmond

 

Office Staff

Darla Opel

Office Staff

Bonnie Snedeker

Office Staff

Ed Stotka Jr. 
Damian Bibby 

Maintenance/Operations

 
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
 
The North Strabane Township Municipal Authority (NSTMA) provides sanitary sewer service to commercial and residential users in the Township. The NSTMA is located in the North Strabane Township Building at 1929B Route 519, Canonsburg, PA  15317.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
 
 NSTMA SEWER SYSTEM
 
The NSTMA sanitary sewer system serves roughly 4,600 customers in the Township. The NSTMA sanitary sewer system consists of eleven (11) pumping stations, including the new Reedville and  Martin pump stations, and one (1) 140,000 gallons per day sewage treatment plant.
 
BACK-UP OF SEWER AND DRAINS INSURANCE
 
Back-up of Sewers and Drains coverage is an optional endorsement which provides protection for your dwelling and personal property losses caused by water that backs up through a sewer or drain pipe.  Coverage also applies from water that has entered into the area from a sump pump that has overflowed.
 
For example, the sewer backs up through your drain pipe, releasing water into the basem,ent and ruining furniture, clothing, and childrens toys.  The damaged is covered, less your deductible.  There is a limitation in coverage, equal to the limit listed on your homeowner declaration page (ie$10,000).
 
The North Strabane Township Municipal Authority recommends you carry Back-up of Sewers and Drains Insurance when your level is finished, which includes slab homes and finished basements.
 
The Insurance Information Institute notes that such policies usually cost no more than $40 to $50 per year.

 

NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY

TOWNSHIP COMPREHENSIVE SEWER PROJECT

 

The Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with NSTMA, have authorized the final phase of the Linden Creek Watershed Sewer System to alleviate the pollution problems in Little Chartiers Creek and to preserve the natural integrity of this high quality trout stream.

 

Currently, all unsewered areas adjacent to Linden Creek utilize some type of on-lot sewage system (septic tank, leach field / drain field, or sand mound).  A high percentage of these on-lot systems are malfunctioning and contributing to the pollution of the Linden Creek watershed.  The watershed has an on-lot failure rate of 70-90 percent. The proposed gravity sewers would eliminate the majority of these on-lot septic systems and also be capable of supporting future growth in all areas of the watershed.  

 

NSTMA, in compliance with the Township’s Act 537 Plan and Federal Clean Streams regulations, authorizes the construction of these projects.  The gravity sewer extensions will discharge into existing gravity sewers in the Township, which convey sewage into NSTMA’s Route 19 Pump Station for treatment at the Canonsburg Houston Joint Authority (CHJA) Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

NSTMA, with the assistance of the Township, has taken advantage of low interest rates in 2014 through the issuance of $8,800,000 in revenue bonds to fund the current and future sanitary sewer projects listed below. 

 

CURRENT SANITARY SEWER PROJECTS

 

Linden Creek Sewer Extension Project: The Linden Creek Sewer Extension Project is located along Route 519 between Christy Road and Route 136.  Sewage will be conveyed to an existing manhole within the Thomas Eighty Four Road sewer system, which will then flow to three pump stations and ultimately be treated at the CHJA Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The service area will initially include 45 homes/businesses at an estimated cost of $1,700,000.   Construction started in April 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. 

 

Thomas Eighty Four Road Sewer Extension Project:  The Thomas Eighty Road Sewer Extension Project is located along Thomas Road between Brownlee Road and approximately a mile south of Gilkeson Road.   Sewage will be conveyed approximately 2.5 miles to the Linden Creek Sewer, which will then flow to three pump stations and ultimately be treated at the CHJA Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The service area will initially include 35 homes/businesses at an estimated cost of $1,200,000.   Construction started in April 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. 

 

Linnwood Road Sewer Extension Project: The Linnwood Road Sewer Extension Project is located along Linnwood Road from the intersection of Route 519 to the intersection of Christy Road.  The service area will initially include 61 homes/businesses at an estimated cost of $800,000.  The design and permitting for this project is complete, bids were accepted in February 2017 with construction to start in April 2017.

 

Christy Road Sewer Extension Project: The Christy Road Sewer Extension Project is located along Christy Road from the intersection of Route 519 to the intersection of Linnwood Road.  The service area will initially include 30 homes/businesses at an estimated cost of $1,500,000.  The design and permitting for this project is complete with bids to be accepted in March 2017 with construction to start in May 2017.

 

Van Eman Forcemain Sewer Replacement Project: The Van Eman Pump Station and Forcemain were constructed in 1986.  The forcemain serving this pump station has deteriorated causing numerous leaks disrupting service to this area of the Township.  This replacement project started in December 2016 and is scheduled to be completed in February 2017 with an estimated cost of $115,000.   

 

FUTURE SANITARY SEWER PROJECTS

 

Mansfield Road Sewer Extension Project: The Mansfield Road Sewer Extension Project is located along Brehm and Mansfield Roads from the intersection of Linnwood Road to the intersection of Route 19.  The service area will initially serve 67 homes/businesses at an estimated cost of $1,500,000.  The design and permitting for this project is currently under way with construction to start in the Summer of 2017.

 

Racetrack Road Siphon Upgrade Project:  The Racetrack Road Siphon Upgrade Project is located along Racetrack Road.  This siphon discharges into the CHJA Interceptor for treatment at the CHJA Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

The Racetrack Road Siphon Upgrade Project will replace the existing undersized siphon and provide for additional capacity in the service area. The project will serve the entire Racetrack Road Watershed area at an estimated cost of $575,000.  The design and permitting for this project is currently underway, with construction to start in the Fall of 2017.

 

84 Pump Station/Forcemain Sewer Project: The 84 Pump Station and Forcemain Sewer Project is located along Route 136 in the Township.  This project will replace the existing sewage treatment plant with a pump station and forcemain.  This project will serve the entire 84 Watershed area at an estimated cost of $800,000.  The design and permitting for this project is currently under way with construction to start in the Fall of 2017.


 
  BILLING
 
 

The Canonsburg-Houston Joint Authority (CHJA) has decided to raise sewer treatment rates over the next 5 years for the adjacent municipalities, including North Strabane Township, due to capital improvements at their plant in accordance with the following schedule: 

 

CHJA March 1, 2017 $4.60 + $0.43 = $5.03 / 1,000 gallons

CHJA January 1, 2018 $5.03 + $0.35 = $5.38 / 1,000 gallons

CHJA January 1, 2019 $5.38 + $0.38 = $5.76 / 1,000 gallons

CHJA January 1, 2020 $5.76 + $.40 = $6.16 / 1,000 gallons

CHJA January 1, 2021 $6.16 + $0.43 = $6.59 / 1,000 gallons

 

The North Strabane Township Municipal Authority (NSTMA) had to increase its portion of the billing rate to comply with the more stringent treatment process costs mandated by CHJA and the Department of Environmental Protection in 2017.   NSTMA’s portion of the billing rate was increased from $3.75 / 1,000 gallons to $4.07 / 1,000 gallons effective January 1, 2017, which was only the second rate increase by NSTMA in over 15+ years.  Please note that NSTMA will not increase its portion of the billing rate in 2018

 

HOW MUCH WILL YOUR BILL INCREASE IN 2018?

 

NSTMA customers are currently billed quarterly.  Based on an average household using about 14,500 gallons of water per quarter, your estimated average sewer bill will increase from:

 

Approximately $132.00 per quarter ($9.10 / 1,000 gallons) to approximately $137.00 per quarter ($9.45 / 1,000 gallons) in 2018, which will fluctuate based on your individual water usage.  

 

THIS MEANS THAT FOR AN AVERAGE NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP HOUSEHOLD, YOU CAN EXPECT YOUR QUARTERLY BILL TO INCREASE BY ABOUT $5.00 / QUARTER IN 2018 AND AN ADDITIONAL $5.80 / QUARTER IN 2019, 2020, AND 2021. 

 

Should you have any questions regarding this change, please call the NSTMA office at 724-745-7220 Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

 
 DEDUCT METERS
 
 Residents who have pools or regularly water their lawns may wish to install deduction meters at their residences. These meters measure the amount of water used for non-sanitary sewage at the premises. A certified plumbing contractor can install deduction meters. NSTMA inspects the deduction meter prior to its being placed in operation.  There is a nominal fee of $35.00/year to inspect the deduction meters. NSTMA will fail the inspection if the meter is not installed at a reasonable height for ease of reading and inspecting and prefers meters to have outside reading mechanisms in order to serve the customer without entry to the building.  Deduction meter inspections usually occur during the month of February.
 
 MANHOLES ON YOUR PROPERTY
 
Residents are not permitted to cover sewer manholes for any reason whatsoever. In the event of an emergency, or during regular maintenance checks, NSTMA or its designated contractor must be able to access manholes at all times. Manholes may not be covered with dirt, fences, plants, planters, rock, etc.…  If a manhole on your property is currently covered, it is the responsibility of the property owner to uncover it immediately.
 
 WHAT NOT TO FLUSH
 
Please note that NSTMA cannot accept any fats, oil, and grease into our sanitary sewer system.  these compounds clog our lines and your lines, coat our wet wells and equipment, and emit foul odors throughout the entire system.  Please do not dump oil down the drain.
Disposable does not always mean flushable.  Newly marketed pre-moistened paper and cloth like disposable towels are not flushable they clog the pumps.
 
 WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A SEWAGE BACKUP If your property has suffered a sewage backup, please use the following guidelines:
 
1.   If the extent of the damage is beyond your ability to clean and disinfect, we suggest that you call a restoration company. These firms can be located in the Yellow Pages under “Fire & Water Damage Restoration”. The homeowner is responsible for the cost of the restoration, which can then be included with an appropriate claim for   damages.
 
2.   NOTIFY YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE CARRIER.
If you receive benefits from your homeowner’s policy, the amount of those benefits will be deducted from whatever reimbursement MAY be paid by the Authority’s carrier, if the authority is liable.
 
3.   Make an inventory of the items that were damaged, including approximate value.
 
4.   Take photographs of the damaged area and items.
 
5.   Call the Authority Manager to notify the manager of the claim. The Manager or appropriate representative, will in turn notify the Authority’s insurance carrier to expedite the claim and to determine if the Authority is liable.
 
6.   Send a letter to the Authority Manager.  The letter should include your name, property address, phone number, date of the loss, and the photos and list of damaged items. If your homeowner’s insurance carrier has denied the claim, please include a copy of that denial.
 
7.   You may then be contacted by an insurance adjuster.
 
8.   You will receive written notification of the decision regarding liability of the claim.
 
9.   Do not discard any damaged property unless absolutely necessary.
 
Please note that the Authority cannot represent that your claim will be paid by the insurance carrier. Municipal authorities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are covered by the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act, which provides certain immunities from liability and provides specific statutory language that an Authority is liable for sewer damages only under the following specific limitation:
 “A dangerous condition of the facilities of …sewer….systems owned by the local agency and located within rights-of-ways, except that the claimant to recover must establish that the dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of the kind of injury which was incurred and that the local agency had actual notice or could be reasonably charged with notice under the circumstances of the dangerous condition at a sufficient time prior to the event to have taken measures to protect against the dangerous condition.”
 
Thus, in order to be liable for payment of damages, the Authority must have had reasonable notice IN SUFFICIENT TIME PRIOR TO THE EVENT (AND ALSO) that a dangerous condition existed in a particular area, and took no action to correct the dangerous condition
 
 For any Pennsylvania Right to Know Inquiries, please contact our Open Records Officer, Mr. Matt Marasco, Authority Manager at 724.745.7220.
 
Public Records Policy
 
Right To Know Request Form

Application for Sewer Tapping Permit

Canonsburg Houston Joint Authority Tap Application

Sewer Service Line Extension Specifications