GENERAL PROCEDURAL INFORMATION RELATED TO A PROPERTY OWNER THAT DESIRES TO CONNECT TO CTMA PUBLIC SEWER LINE WHERE THE PRIVATE SEWER LATERAL MUST CROSS PROPERTY OR PROPERTIES OWNED BY OTHERS.
Where public sewer mains are not immediately available, it may become necessary to construct a private sanitary sewer, to connect with a public utility. When private sewers must cross another property or properties to connect with a public sanitary sewer, an easement shall be recorded in the deeds of all affected properties. A copy of easement, as recorded, shall be presented to CTMA. View Article
PROCEDURE FOR CTMA APPROVAL FOR NEW TAP CONNECTION OR THE ISSUANCE OF MUNICIPAL LIEN LETTER IN THE CASE OF A PRIVATE SEWER LATERAL CROSSING THE PROPERTY OF OTHERS OR IN THE CASE OF THE DISCOVERY OF A COMMON PRIVATE LATERAL.
All easements or agreements for a private lateral crossing other properties and/or an existing Common Sewer Lateral Agreement must be submitted to CTMA and approved by CTMA prior to the issuance of any tap-in application. View Article
GENERAL PROCEDURAL INFORMATION WHERE A PROPERTY OWNER HAS CONSTRUCTED A COMMON SEWER LATERAL OR WHERE A COMMON SEWER LATERAL IS DISCOVERED
Definition of a Common Sewer Lateral - A private sewer that collects a sewage discharge of more than one building drain/sewer and conveys it to a public sewer.
Allegheny County Plumbing Code - Section IPC701.3.1 - Existing Common Sewer Laterals.
Where the existence of a common sewer lateral (CSL), that is not recorded in the Recorder of Deeds Office of Allegheny County, all affected property owners that are separately connected to an available public sewer, or in the alternative, to record in the Recorder of Deeds of Allegheny County, a document, approved identifying the existence of the CSL and adequately specifying the maintenance responsibilities for property owners.
A Sample Form of a Common Sewer Lateral Maintenance and Easement Agreement is included herein to provide drafting consideration of the property owners.
** ATTENTION - ALCOSAN CLEAN WATER ASSISTANCE FUND**
ALCOSAN has launched a new program to assist with the increase in sewer billing rates for qualifying residents. Please view the attached PDF for more information. View Article
**ATTENTION - NEW DYE TESTING PROCEDURES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2017**
Effective January 1, 2017 the procedure for applying for a Municipal Lien Letter from Collier Township Municipal Authority (CTMA) has changed in an effort to reduce dye test report processing costs.Collier Township Municipal Authority has entered into a contract with Mister Sewer to handle both the CCTV video inspections and dye testing for all residential and commercial properties (including new construction) requesting Municipal Lien Letters from Collier Township Municipal Authority.
Collier Township Municipal Authority will not accept CCTV video inspections and dye tests completed by any other plumber other than Mister Sewer.
PLEASE SEE PROCEDURE UNDER "Applications - Municipal Authority Dye Test/No-Lien Letter Application".
** ATTENTION - NEW DYE TESTING PROCEDURES TO BEGIN FEBRUARY 1, 2013 **
Effective February 1, 2013 the procedure for applying for a Municipal Lien Letter from Collier Township Municipal Authority (CTMA) has changed in an effort to reduce dye test report processing costs.Collier Township Municipal Authority has entered into a contract with All States Plumbing Professionals to handle dye testing services for all residential and commercial properties (including new construction) requesting Municipal Lien Letters from Collier Township Municipal Authority.
After January 31, 2013, Collier Township Municipal Authority will no longer accept dye test reports completed by any other plumber other than All States Plumbing Professionals.
PLEASE SEE PROCEDURE UNDER "Applications - Municipal Authority Dye Test/No-Lien Letter Application".
All customers who have applied to have CTMA automatically withdraw their sewer bill amount monthly from their checking account.
Please be advised that for the October bill due October 30, 2012 you will need to send payment by check or money order with the payment remit stub to:
Collier Twp Municipal Auth.
PO Box 728
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
We are working with our banking instituion to complete this setup shortly and are hopeful that the automatic cash transfer (ACH) will be in effect for the November billing. We will make note of this on that billing as to whether you will need to make payment for the bill or you will not need to pay, if it has been deducted from your checking account.
Beginning sometime July 2012 The Collier Township Municipal Authority will implement the new billing system for sewage usage only.
If you would like to pay by Automatic Cash Transfer please download the "Automatic Cash Transfer ACH Application Form" and mail it to our office with your voided check. Upon receipt we will set-up your account accordingly.
Collier Township Municipal Authority ~ Landlord Property Owner Form
Attention Property Owners who currently rent or lease!
Beginning sometime July 2012 The Collier Township Municipal Authority will implement the new billing system for sewage usuage only.
If you own property that you rent or lease, CTMA will bill the owner of the property for the service address instead of your tenant. The owner of the property is the person(s) legally responsible for the payment of the sewer bill. Non-payment of the sewer bill will result in a Municipal Lien being filed against your property.
In order to make certain that you receive a bill for the sewer service for your rental property, it is neccessary that you register your rental property with CTMA therefore;
Please download the "Landlord Agreement Form", complete all information and mail to our office. Upon receipt we will set-up your account accordingly.
As of March 1, 2009, Collier Township Municipal Authority’s Dye Testing Procedures have changed.It is now the responsibilty of the property owner/seller to hire a Allegheny Country Registered Plumber to perform the dye test on the property.All dye test documentation must be received at least 5 business days before property scheduled closing date.
Application Forms must be signed by all property owners.Anyone signing this application on behalf of the owner(s) agrees to assume the same liability and responsibility as the owner(s).
The requirements will be strictly enforced.Any incomplete applications will be rejected.
Please contact the office for forms and instructions.
Low-interest home improvement loans are currently available to eligible low/moderate income homeowners through the Allegheny Home Improvement Loan Program (AHILP). AHILP is a government-funded loan program sponsored by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and administered by Allegheny County Economic Development. AHILP, formerly known as the Improvement Program of Allegheny County (IMPAC), has been providing low-interest home improvement loans to eligible AlleghenyCounty homeowners for more than 20 years.
Emergency/Priority Improvement Loans for up to $10,000 at 0% APR are available for a singular emergency/priority home improvement such as a roof, a furnace/boiler or repairing a broken gas, water or sewage line. This loan may also be used to undertake wholly accessibility-related improvements such as ramps or bathroom modifications. There is not a processing fee associated with an Emergency/Priority Loan, but your requested improvement must be qualified as being an "emergency" or "priority" improvement by AHILP in order for you to be offered this no-interest loan.
Payment Plan Customers
Attention Wastewater Customers: If your water and wastewater charges are due, partial payments will first be applied to your water bill. Wastewater customers should contact their wastewater municipality to discuss any delinquent charges related to their wastewater balance. If you have set up a payment agreement with Pennsylvania American Water, please note that the arrangement is for the water portion of your bill ONLY.
Printed on the June 2008 Pennsylvania American Water bill
House members visit Alcosan to show support for funding
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
With rainwater and melting snow infiltrating crumbling sewer lines -- and federal pressure to fix those problems growing -- Alcosan and the 83 communities it serves face a $3 billion challenge.
But Congress could come to the rescue.
Three Republican House members visited the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority yesterday to show support for a bill that would provide $7.5 billion annually to help defray the $300 billion to $500 billion cost over 20 years to repair or replace antiquated sewerage systems nationwide.
U.S. Reps. Phil English of Erie, Melissa Hart of Bradford Woods, and Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair said House Bill 4560 -- the Clean Water Trust Act -- will help upgrade the nation's sewer-line infrastructure, reduce water pollution and improve public health.
Pennsylvania alone needs $8 billion in immediate upgrades and repairs, they said.
"This won't be sufficient to solve the problem. That will require state and county involvement," Mr. English said. "But we shouldn't let state and local governments do it alone."
Without action to repair faulty systems, communities, including the 83 served by Alcosan, would face bans on new development and fines, among other sanctions.
In coming months, a federal consent decree will be filed in federal court in the next step to force Alcosan and its customers to repair sewer lines and prevent rainwater from infiltrating their lines.
Rainwater infiltration creates overflows that force Alcosan to release sewage into the Ohio River. Such releases are illegal.
For now, Alcosan treats 25o million gallons of wastewater each day, but only half of that volume is billable sewage, Alcosan spokeswoman Nancy Barylak said. Most of the other half is water infiltration created when homeowners route gutters into sewer lines or crumbling terra-cotta lines allow groundwater infiltration.
The federal decree will require those problems to be corrected, Ms. Barylak said.
Fixing them will cost Alcosan $1 billion and the 83 communities it serves $2 billion. Once the decree is filed, public hearings will be held to discuss how they will comply under deadline.
No one can say for now what percentage of the $3 billion in local costs would be covered if the House bill becomes law.
But without the bill, Alcosan Executive Director Arletta Scott Williams said Alcosan fees could quadruple in coming years to meet mandates in the decree. The same could hold true for fees that each community would assess its customers.
Alcosan would have to "raise rates at an exorbitant pace," she said. "It would be significant. It would be disastrous."
Ms. Hart said all communities want to comply with the law and upgrade sewerage systems, but they lack money.
"When you think it all the way through, this issue leaks into other issues that we've been trying to solve," she said.
Those issues include improvements in environment, public health issues and economic development.
If the bill does pass, she said, Alcosan and the communities it serves will be in good position to land trust-fund money because of the large number of communities involved, including Pittsburgh. Alcosan has 320,000 customers.
"Anything will be a benefit, a bonus," Ms. Williams said.
If the bill doesn't pass, she said, the area still must comply with the law and decree.
"Ultimately it will happen, and the ratepayer will bear the burden," she said.
Correction/Clarification: (Published Aug. 15, 2006) Alcosan treats 250 million gallons of water a day. The figure was incorrectly reported as 25 million in this Aug. 9 news article about efforts to repair the region's sewer system.