Lorain Borough Sewage Project

Lorain Borough Wastewater
May 2020

Wastewater System Background

As part of the regional effort to reduce wet weather flows to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority’s Sewage Treatment Plant, Lorain Borough is currently under a Consent Order and Agreement (COA) with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The intent of the regional effort is to ultimately eliminate raw wastewater overflows through the elimination of inflow and infiltration (I/I) within the various collection systems included in the region and through the upgrade of system components.  The COA with the PaDEP requires compliance with reduced flow limits by June 30, 2021.  It also requires all properties be pressure tested by the same date.  

The current Lorain Borough wastewater collection system was constructed in 1961-1962.  The main line is asbestos cement pipe.  The laterals to the property line are also asbestos cement pipe.  The laterals on the home owner property are primarily terra cotta pipe construction.

The Borough is proposing to replace their entire wastewater collection system, at the same location as the existing.  Their existing wastewater collection system serves approximately 300 homes and businesses.  Approximately 22,000 feet of main line, 8,000 feet of lateral pipe and nearly 140 manholes will be replaced with new SDR 35 PVC pipe, along with the related appurtenances and restoration.  All mains, manholes and laterals will be pressure tested. 

The Borough hired Keller Engineers, Inc. of Hollidaysburg to design, permit and inspect construction of the new facilities.

PennVEST funding was obtained for the project.  A grant and loan for the project was awarded in January 2017.

The project construction bids were opened on January 15, 2020.  Kukurin Construction of Export, Pa was low bidder on the base bid of digging and replacing the pipe at a cost of $3,948,948.00.  They were also the low        bidder of the alternate bid, which was for lining all the main line pipes at a cost of $3,976,679.00.  The Borough awarded them the base bid project for complete replacement.

The PennVEST funding for the $5,081,000.00 total project will be closed on February 27, 2020.

It is anticipated that the contractor will begin construction in mid to late March 2020.  The construction contract is for 300 calendar days.

If your lateral has already passed inspection and an observation port is in place, the contractor will connect to your observation port. If you have not yet completed testing, the contractor will install a new lateral to the property line, install an observation port and connect to your existing line.

User Rates

The Borough customers currently pay $20.00 per month to the Borough for the collection system operation and maintenance and $27.00 per month to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) for sewage treatment. The current total bill is $47.00 per month. 
The new PennVEST loan will require a $10.00/month increase in the customer’s bill from the Borough.  The Borough’s rate will increase to $30.00 per month.

As required by the PaDEP Consent Order and Agreement, property owners are required to pressure test their lateral and make repairs and replacement, as required to insure water tightness.  This work can be completed at any time.  To date, 63 residents have completed their lateral work.  Once the work is completed and testing passed, the certification is submitted to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority.  The JRA will then reduce the customers treatment cost to $17.00 a month.

Once the lateral work is completed, the user rate will be $30.00/month from the Borough and $17.00 from JRA for the total bill of $47.00/month.

The Borough has also applied for a Commonwealth Financing Authority H²O Grant.  If we are successful in this highly competitive program, and receive an additional grant, the rates would be re-evaluated.

There are no tap or connection fees for this project.  The home owner will be required to pay a $75.00 inspection fee for verification of testing of the lateral.

Wastewater Lateral Funding Program

Information concerning available funding programs for wastewater lateral construction from the JRA, 1st Summit Bank, and PennVEST are available for viewing on the Lorain Borough’s web site at www.lorainborough.org

Lateral Construction Information

Information concerning construction of the homeowner’s lateral is available for viewing on the Lorain Borough’s web site at www.lorainborough.org


If you have any questions about the construction or during construction, the Keller Engineers Inspectors will be available on site to answer your questions.

Any other questions can be directed to the Lorain Borough office.

Michael Hammers,
Feb 20, 2020, 2:12 PM
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Feb 20, 2020, 2:12 PM
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Feb 26, 2020, 12:05 PM
Michael Hammers,
Feb 20, 2020, 2:12 PM
Michael Hammers,
Feb 20, 2020, 2:12 PM