Sewage Violation in Franklin Will Cost $4 Million to Fix

| April 2, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A sewage violation on 15th Street is going to cost the City of Franklin $4 million to fix.

That was the bad news delivered to City Council by General Authority Chairman Tim Dunkle.

“In 2015, we received a violation from the EPA because of overflow sewage in the area of 15th Street,” Dunkle said. “We had an (investigation) into the cause. The system is 50, 60, 70 years old. It was built with the best practices of the time.”

Dunkle said the solution is to replace all of the public sewage lines in that watershed, which is estimated to cost the $4 million.

“We will look into PENNVest to see what we can do,” Dunkle said. “We can possibly get a loan or a grant or a combination of both. But, this will probably necessitate a rate increase.”

Dunkle said the City is also facing the possibility of a similar project because of issues surrounding the 13th Street Bridge.

“We have been told to expect that project in two or three years,” Dunkle said.

City Manager Tracy Jamieson also said that residents might need to get their gutters out of the sewage system as well.

DUNKLE INVITES ANYONE INTERESTED IN BEING ON THE AUTHORITY TO CONTACT THE CITY

Dunkle said there are currently two openings on the General Authority, and anyone interested in becoming a member should contact the City.


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