I-Team Follow: Check Your Sewer Line

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LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Just how much raw sewage is making its way into the Susquehanna River in the Wyoming Valley?
    That’s the question that many people are asking after seeing our I-Team report on Tuesday.
     We told you about a Newport Township man who  recently learned that his sewer line was not hooked up for 35 years– it appears sewage may have been seeping into the river.
     The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick takes a closer look in this I-Team follow-up..

Probably down the sewer drain and ultimately in the river.”

Dave Morganti  of Newport Township is talking about raw sewage..he thought it was flowing into a sewer drain and being taken to the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Treatment plant 10 miles away.

.He just learned that for the past 35 years its been seeping into the ground and probably into the Susquehanna River…It raised the question..how many other homeowners may be in the same situation..either knowingly or unknowingly. Bill Finnegan is solicitor for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority. ..

 
“Each of the owners of those properties are responsible for ensuring that they are hooked up to the line . It’s up to the municipalities to provide oversight to make sure that’s happening.”

 
“These are very difficult issues because of the cost.” said Joseph Moskovitz is the Pittston City Administrator. He says they city  spent  $10 million dollars a few years ago to upgrade about half of its sewer system…It still has to find the money to finish the job.

 
“We are very old communities. These systems were established in the colonial days. There is still infrastructure in these municipalities that were built 200 plus years ago.”..noted Moskovitz.

 Officials from communities across the Wyoming Valley tell the I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick the bottom line is this..they know that they have a long way to go to ensure to control the flow of raw sewage. But that takes a lot of money. Money they simply don’t have. 

 

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