Ben Avon sewers

Ben Avon Council member Ken Opipery reminded his colleagues at Tuesday’s council meeting that the borough must deal with two different sewer mandates in the coming months, and will rely on Gateway Engineers for assistance.

One is renewing a storm water permit – the current five-year permit is nearing its end, and in September, Ben Avon will have to express its intent to apply for a new five-year one.

Opipery said a lot of administration work is involved for compliance, and Gateway will be able to help in that area. He said he had done it before, working with borough engineer Ed McGee, "but it is getting more complicated."

Additionally, Opipery wanted borough residents to know that Gateway will be checking the sewers in the coming months for abnormal water flow, but the inspections will likely be taking place between midnight and 4 a.m., at a time when the regular amount of activity should be minimal. He said Gateway will hand out flyers and send notices through the mail, and Council member Phil Brind'Amour will post the news on Ben Avon's Web site, so residents will not be surprised at any action occurring in the middle of the night.

Richard White assured Council that money had been budgeted to have Gateway assist with these pro-jects.