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DCDBA History

October 4, 1974 - Supervisors of the Townships of West Deer and Indiana, Allegheny County, create the Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority by formal resolution. Its purpose is to plan, construct, finance and operate a sewage-collection system to serve residents of West Deer and Indiana Townships in the Deer Creek Drainage Basin area.

1976 - Authority receives approval for a construction grant from the Environmental Protection Agency of $12,069,000 and a supplemental grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission in the amount of $492,777.

March 21, 1977 - Construction bids are received placing the total acquisition, construction and financing costs of the system at $19,942,377.

May 1980 - Entire system is in total operation.

November 1984 - The Authority relocates its business office to 945 Little Deer Creek Road, Russellton, PA.

May 30, 1986 - The Authority experiences the first major physical problem with the system as the result of a major flood. Damage occurs to the isolated areas of the system on the Blue Run interceptor, Indianola interceptor and the force main. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will reimburse approximately $320,000 of these damages.

May 1987 - Another major storm hits the Russellton area, rupturing and dislocating approximately 80' of the 24" main transmission line from Russellton to Harmarville. Repairs cost approximately $25,000.

1989 - Rehabilitation work is advertised for the older systems of Indianola, Russmont and Victory Plans. Sanitary sewer construction begins in the Superior area of West Deer Township

1990 - Discussions begin with Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority relative to DCDBA's responsibility for the next 1.5 mgd expansion of their 3.6 mgd plant. Also, negotiations begin with Richland Township for transportation of Richland sewage through DCDBA system to AVJSA facilities in Harmarville.

1992 - Rehabilitation of particular lines in the Fawn Haven Plan is completed. Sewer service is extended to the Deer Street Plan in West Deer Township and the Five Acres area of Indiana Township.

1993 - AVJSA expansion is completed and Richland Township ties into DCDBA lines for transportation of their flows to AVJSA.

1995 - The Bigler Road pump station and Saxonburg Boulevard/Harts Run Road sanitary sewers are complete and tap-ins begin.

2000 - Sewer line extension is complete affording service to Bakerstown in Richland Township. Deer Run pump station is constructed.

2002 - Upgrade of pumps, electrical controls and speed controls of the Rich Hill pump station is complete. Also construction of parallel line along Route 910 is finished.

2004 - Significant flooding occurs due to Tropical Depression Ivan with $300,000 in damages sustained at the Rich Hill Pump Station. DCDBA personnel and local contractors have the station back in service in a few days. Only two days of bypassing occurred as a result of the flood.

2006 - The Authority is awarded $5,000,000 from the Federal Rural Utilities Service agency to extend sewer lines in the Bakerstown/Culmerville and Rawlins Run areas of West Deer and Indiana Townships.

Deer Creek Drainage Basin Authority | PO Box 148 | Russellton, PA 15076-0148 | (724) 265-5315