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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OR CALL 1-866-729-2549
 
Washington County Sewage Council – www.wcsewagecouncil.com 
 
 
Board of Directors
 


Craig F. Reisz

Chairman

Anthony W. Sacco

Vice-Chairman

Catherine A. Casciotti

Treasurer

Bill A.  Brooks

Board Member

Richard J. Perallo

Board Member

Matthew J. Marasco

Authority Manager

Michael J. Witherel

Solicitor

Nichols and Slagle Engineering, Inc.

 Engineer

 
Office Personnel
E-mail: info@nstma.com


Jeanette Salko

 

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.
 
 
 CURRENT SANITARY SEWER PROJECTS
 
Linden Creek Sanitary Sewer Project:  This project started construction in the fall of 2009, was partially funded with a grant in the amount of $2,460,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Financing Authority's H2O Program, and was completed in 2011.  The project was required to alleviate pollution of Little Chartiers Creek.  The interceptor is capable of supporting additional future growth to all areas adjacent to the Chartiers Creek.
The interceptor sewer begins at Route 19 Pump station and extends into the Little Chartiers Creek to the community of Reedville.  A branch of the sewer extends into the Linden area.  The initial customer base that will be served by the interceptor includes nineteen (19) residences in linden, fifty-seven (57) residences in Reedville, and ten (10) residences along Linden Creek Road.  The Wylandville Elementary School is served by the sewer, reducing the operations and maintenance burden to the school.  The sewer also service the industrial buildings along Wilson Road.  The interceptor sewer project is approximately 32, 100 linear feet (over 6 miles), utilizes approximately 190 manholes, 16 stream crossings, 3 major road crossings, and a railroad crossing.  The pipe diameter ranges from 24 inches to 8 inches.
 
FUTURE SANITARY SEWER PROJECTS
 
NSTMA was able to take advantage of low interest rates, with the Township's assistance to refund the $6,025,000 Bonds of 2003.  Secure the $8,505,000 Bonds of 2010 accessing $3,090,000,of new money for future sanitary projects.  NSTMA is currently designing the following projects to achieve "Shovel Ready" status in order to submit these projects for additional funding through federal and state grant acquisition.
Route 519 Sewer Extension project:  The proposed interceptor sewer begins at the Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic by the North Strabane Township Municipal Building on Route 519 and extends along Route 519, and connects to the newly constructed Linden Creek Sanitary sewer near the industrial buildings along Wilson Road($2,400,000).  The initial customer base that will be serviced by the interceptor includes forty (40) residences.
Route 19 Pump Station Project:  The wet well will be enlarged to increase capacity for the additional flow from the Linden Creek area.  The Route 19 pump station controls and headworks will be upgraded, and the wet well will be aerated ($500,000).  The forcemain will be shortened in order to decrease chemical costs and save NSTMA operations and maintenance costs by eliminating the Speers Run pump station.
Thomas Eighty Four Road Sewer Extension project:  The interceptor sewer begins at the newly constructed Reedville pump station and travels along Chartiers Creek though the Route 519/Thomas Eighty Four/Brownlee Road intersection serving the residences 3/4 of a mile up Thomas Eighty Four Road ($950,000).  A branch of the sewer also extends up Brownlee Road.  The initial customer base that will be served by the interceptor includes thirty (30) residences.
Linden Creek Sewer Extension Project:  The interceptor sewer begins at the newly constructed Reedville Pump Station and travels along with Chartiers Creek through the Route 519/Thomas Eight Four/Brownlee Road intersection servicing the residences approximately one mile on Route 519/Thomas Eighty Four/Brownlee Road intersection serving the residences approximately one mile on Route 519 towards Route 136 ($2,300,000).  The initial customer base that will be served by the interceptor includes forty (40) residences.
 
  BILLING
 
 As a customer of NSTMA, the number of gallons of water consumed per household or business determines your quarterly sewer bill, which you will receive in the mail on a postcard in the middle of January, April, July, and October throughout the year.  Well water readings provided by the resident and readings from Pennsylvania American Water Company supply NSTMA with the information needed to prepare the quarterly sewer bill.  The sewer rate charged is $9.10/1,000 gallons of water used.  NSTMA generates the bills in-house in order to offer personalized service and direct response.  NSTMA offers a free automatic payment program that will deduct your sewer bill charges directly from your bank account quarterly.  If you are interested in this program, stop by or call the NSTMA office for more details.
 
 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