Ambridge Municipal Authority
Ambridge Municipal Authority
The Municipal Authority Office is CLOSED to outside visitors. If you are in need of information – please call the number listed below. If you need a dye test certification – you can mail the form and a check with a self-addressed stamped envelope ($50.00- new fee amount) to the address below. The Municipal Board thanks you for your cooperation.
The Municipal Authority is appointed by Borough Council to manage the Sanitary Sewer System in the Borough. As an Authority, once the members are appointed, it operates as a separate entity from Borough Council with it’s own funding sources and budget.
Ambridge Municipal Authority
600 11th Street
Ambridge, PA 15003
Monday thru Friday
9:00am – 4:00pm
A Note from the Ambridge Municipal Authority
The residents of the Borough of Ambridge have received several quarterly rate increases over the last thirteen years. The current 4.24% increase will appear in the July bill for 2nd qtr. 2014. The various increases in the sewer rates were necessary to adequately cover the debt service, which includes two bond issues and several PennVest loans. The Authority was able to receive two grants with the assistance of our local State representatives.
The customers that are serviced by the Ambridge Authority have been very understanding from the beginning starting in 2001 when the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) imposed requirements under a consent order agreement. Some of the requirements that have been completed include:
- Cleaning and internal inspection of all sanitary sewers in the Authority’s sewerage system.
- Completion of hydraulic capacity analysis.
- Manhole repairs and sanitary sewer line repairs.
- Smoke and dye testing of all roof leaders, driveway drains and any other sources of extraneous surface water or groundwater that could enter the sewerage system.
- Upgraded Bank Street Pump Station
- Phase 1 Treatment Plant Upgrade
- Phase 2 Treatment Plant Upgrade
The above is not a complete list and further information can be viewed in the quarterly progress reports prepared by the Authority’s Consulting Engineer, which are available at the Authority Office.
The Authority has one remaining project to undertake before the agreement with DEP is finalized. This has been a long hard road for the Authority and our customers, but we are coming close to the end and appreciate the patience and support shown to our employees and officials during the investigative and construction periods.
Municipal Authority Board Members
Meets every THIRD MONDAY @ 6pm.
Richard Helbig (Chair)
Robert Hare (Vice Chair)
Michael Mikulich (Asst.Sec / Treas)
Janet Caldarelli (Treas.)
Joanne Trella (Assist Treas.)
John Salopek, Solicitor
Emile Ketterer, Nira Engineering.
Municipal Authority Staff
Justin Maravich, Business Office Secretary
Office Hours: 9:00am-4:00pm
Jesse Burkert, Chief Plant Operator
Andrew A. Bires, Operator
Thomas E. Lyle, Operator
Michael Sampson, Operator
Taylor & Alsko Law Firm -John Salopek, Solicitor
Emile Ketterer, NIRA Engineer
IMPORTANT NOTE FROM AMBRIDGE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY:
Resolution for Remediation/Prevention – see below.
FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG)
Did you know that nearly 50% of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of every day Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)? These overflows are not just public health issues, but can result in serious damage to our environment, especially pollution to our rivers and streams.
Grease is a problem in the sewage collection and treatment business. Grease is singled out for special attention because of its poor solubility in water and its tendency to separate from the liquid solution. Large amounts of oil and grease in the wastewater cause trouble in the collection pipes and wastewater treatment plant.
RESIDENTIAL/HOMEOWNER (only for residents/home owners – business see below.)
Grease from cooking, gravy, cooking oil, and sauces may look harmless as a liquid, but when it cools it gets thick and sticky. That means if you pour grease down the drain it sticks to pipes and eventually causes clogs and messy backup into homes.
FREEZE YOUR HOUSEHOLD GREASE, THEN TOSS IN THE TRASH
Sanitary sewer overflows (SSO) and sewer line maintenance due to FOG (fats, oils & grease) waste have been on the rise. This has prompted stricter enforcement of ordinances and regulations governing FOG discharge into the sewer system. Enforcement requires the installment and proper maintenance of a pretreatment device commonly known as a GRD (Grease Removal Device).
There are two types of devices:
- Grease Trap (Indoor) – Intended for limited food or drink preparation, typically found very close to a pre-wash sink.
- Grease Interceptor (Outdoor) – Intended for food and drink operations, found outside because of large capacity for FOG.
ALL FOOD SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A GREASE REMOVAL DEVICE
REFERENCED IN THE AUTHORITY’S RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 6 – PROHIBITED USE OF SEWERS
AMA Requirement Prior To Sale of Property
The Ambridge Municipal Authority requires an inspection of roof drains before a sale of a property can occur in the Borough of Ambridge. This does not pertain to a refinance.
To accomplish this requirement, the owner, or whoever would be acting on behalf of the present owner, would call the Authority office at 724-266-7810 to determine whether the roof drain inspection has already occurred, since all residents have been required to have their roof drains (stormwater downspouts) removed from the sanitary system. The Secretary will also forward an application to the owner that needs to be kept on file at the Authority office. If the inspection has already taken place and the property passed, the fee is $50.00 made payable to the Ambridge Municipal Authority for a Document of Certification. If the property failed the inspection, done routinely on all properties, then the roof drains need to be removed before the sale can take place. Once the removals are done, a call to the office is made and the Secretary will have the inspector recheck the property. The fee is then $175.00. This includes the $25.00 administrative fee for the Document of Certification.
The Authority office hours are 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telephone Number is 724-266-7810 and Fax Number is 724-266-5800.