Sanitary Authority

Bradford Sanitary Authority camera crews and Department of Public Works staff located this buried storm manhole on Rockland Avenue that was probably last seen in the 1960s. Crews then installed a new top section on this manhole, obtained the GPS location for mapping purposes, and will use it to access a 30-inch plugged line for cleaning.

It’s been a busy summer for construction projects for the Bradford Sanitary Authority.

At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the authority board heard updates on the work, which includes phase three of the wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation and continuing sanitary and stormwater work in the collection system. Executive Director Rick Brocius reported to The Era the meeting’s happenings.

Several tasks were done in preparation for larger projects.

For one, “In advance of scheduled paving work on South Kendall Avenue and East Main Street, 11 sanitary manholes will be rehabilitated with a spray coating to extend the life of the manholes,” Brocius said.

Also, “Dye testing has been done on Main Street to help property owners and local plumbers with identifying sewer laterals needing repair as part of the streetscape project activities,” he said.

Alongside a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation replacement of the Forman Street bridge, an authority crew filled in one abandoned sewer manhole and replaced a second one.

“As for stormwater work, an old buried stormwater manhole was located on Rockland Avenue to allow access for unplugging a 30-inch storm line from Lincoln Avenue,” said Brocius.

Crews cleaned storm lines on Mill, Elm and Forman streets and Rockland Avenue.

“These lines are then video inspected and recorded following the cleaning process,” Brocius added.

The authority took on a couple of recent projects to deal with drainage problems.

In response to localized flooding from recent rain, an authority crew made a temporary drainage ditch on Marion Avenue.

Also, crews from the authority and from the city’s Department of Public Works “will soon begin the installation of a new stormwater infiltration and overflow system between Onofrio Street and Marion Avenue to bring permanent relief to ongoing drainage concerns in that area.”

Brocius noted that property owners affected by the drainage problems have been cooperative in helping the authority obtain rights-of-way for the project.

The board heard an update on a GIS digital mapping process that is ongoing with the help of two summer interns. The interns were hired with support from a wage reimbursement program from Workforce Solutions. The GIS program is being developed to track, prioritize, and issue assignments for work in the field to improve operational efficiency.

They also heard a report on the delinquency committee, which has nearly completed a customer mailer “that will focus on the needs, benefits, and progress of the stormwater system rehabilitation work,” Brocius explained.

He said the board reviewed updates to the authority’s regulations on the sanitary and stormwater systems, too.

At the wastewater treatment plant, phase three of the upgrades “has been moving along very well,” said Brocius.

“Recent activity includes concrete pouring for the digester tank walls and floors for the vehicle garage,” he said. “The new chlorine building is now under roof and being wired. Old roofs are being replaced on the original treatment plant building, and waste and water lines have been run between the treatment plant, digester tanks, and reed bed operations.”

Students in the environmental studies program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford helped plant new reedbeds last week. Brocius reported at the meeting, “It was noted that the Authority has received many favorable comments from locals passing by and observing the irrigation system in operation.”

The new reed bed process is a phase three addition that the authority has been very excited about.

As Brocius explained, “The reed bed process represents a very green and energy savings initiative in sludge management for the Authority.”

There is still some work left before the beds will be fully operational.

“The recently planted reeds must remain under constant irrigation using treated plant wastewater until the new digester tanks are ready to supply digested biosolids to the beds to sustain the reeds,” he said.