I-Team: Sewer Concerns Leave Properties a Soggy Mess


PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Neighbors in a Pittston Township Neighborhood  voiced their concerns last year to the I-Team about the mess the sewer lines would cause. On Wednesday  Lead I- Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick went back to the Neighborhood where people say their concerns went unheard.

 Ron Kielb-said he told them so, “We told them so for two years don’t put the line on this side of the road.”

And because those warnings were ignored,water is flooding several spots on Suscon Road.

Ron Kielb and several of his neighbors are getting water run-off on their properties.

“We told them it would be a disaster and there it is.” said Kielb.

The residents first contacted the I-Team in April of 2016..

They wanted the new sewer line to be placed on the other side of Suscon Road. They feared that the pitch of their property would create flooding problems and now they say they are walking in the proof of their arguments.

“If this much water is flooding 3 people’ yards what’s going to happen if there is a blockage in the sewage line.. instead of water its going to be raw sewage in their houses.” said Kielb

Sewage that they say will threaten the wells used for drinking water. Keilb’s well is directly underneath this flooded ground.

The sewage line is not yet hooked up and these folks do not know where this water is coming from.

.Meagan Galonis and her family live on Suscon Road.  She told us “We basically said to them you know it’s going to happen to them. What are you gong to do about it. They refused to answer based on the fact It could be possible litigation in the future.”

So the I-Team went looking for answers at the Pittston Township Sewer Authority..

Joe Sperrazza is a longtime board member. He says the flooding could be coming from a creek in the area..

“The creek that runs outside of the creek’s boundaries we think that may be the problem. PennDOT is taking a look at the situation and it maybe the solution to the problem.” he told the I-Team.

And why not heed the warnings of the residents and place the new sewer line on the opposite side of the road?

Sperrazza said “We felt as though if the pipe could be moved we would move it as long as there was no expense to other homeowners up there.”

Sperrazza says the additional costs would have been incurred by people on the other side of the street when they connected what are called “laterals” to the main sewer lines. Those folks would have a much larger expense to make that connection than the people on the other side where Keilb lives.

But Kielb insists the cost to stop this flooding and potential problems in the future will far outweigh any of those savings.

It does appear this story is far from over. 

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