VILLAGE OF LAWRENCE SEWAGE FACILITIES PROJECT
The Municipal Authority is proposing the construction of Sanitary Sewerage facilities for the Village of Lawrence to provide sanitary sewer conveyance and disposal for residents located in the Village of Lawrence as well as customers currently served in the Teodori service area. Currently, sanitary sewage flows from the Village of Lawrence discharges to wildcat sewer systems, which discharge to eight different discharge points to surface waters that include storm sewers and low-laying areas surrounding Lawrence without treatment.
The Township and Municipal Authority adopted a ACT 537 plan for this project that was approved by the State for improvements in these sewersheds. The project consists of the construction of the new Village of Lawrence Wastewater Treatment Plant, the conversion of the existing antiquated Teodori Wastewater Treatment Plant into a lift (pump) station, and the installation of a sanitary sewer collection system that will serve 288 new customers. This will remove the untreated sanitary sewage discharge and associated pollutant loads from the surface water in the Lawrence area and surrounding streams which includes Chartiers Creek and provide capacity for future growth in this part of the Township.
The Municipal Authority is in the process of applying for a low interest loan through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for financing of this project. The Municipal Authority has also applied for several grants to reduce the loan amount on this project which includes Washington County Local Share Account (LSA) grant funding and US EPA grants through US Congress and Senate. A grant of $300,000 has been approved by LSA.
The design and permit phase in the final stages with release of the Water Quality Management Permit from PaDEP expected soon. Right Of Way and property acquisition for the proposed project is underway. Bidding of contracts is proposed to occur in Spring 2022 (funding dependent) with start of construction expected to occur in August 2022 and being complete in the fall of 2023. Residents will connect to the new collection system beginning in Fall/Winter of 2023.
Tap fees for new and future customers were adopted by the Municipal Authority for new customers of $5,000 for the proposed service areas of this project.