ALCOSAN’s Wet Weather plan—Who’s in and for how much?

At $8.65 million, AECOM Technical Services Inc., a Los Angeles-based multinational with three Pittsburgh offices, is the authority’s regionalization program manager and will issue contracts related to transferring trunk sewer lines from the 82 municipalities the authority serves.
The green infrastructure program manager, contracted at $3.3 million, is CH2M Hill Engineers Inc., a Colorado-based environmental engineering firm with offices in Pittsburgh. It will issue contracts related to reducing pollution sources and using additional environmentally-safe treatment methods. Neither it nor AECOM has issued any contracts.
The authority, said Williams, will spend $2 billion to comply with federal mandates over the next 20 years, and another $1.6 billion beyond that.
Some of the work will entail massive projects, but, Williams said, people may not notice because they are out of sight. For instance, increasing capacity from municipalities west and south of the city will include running additional and/or larger pipes, and tunneling under the Ohio River.
“You know that 21-foot diameter machine that dug the tunnel for the ‘T’ to the North Side? Yeah, we use that kind of stuff, too,” she said.
The regional tunnel program manager contract and the subsequent contracts for consolidation and design work have yet to be awarded.
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