Combined Sewer Overflow
120 Logans Ferry Road,
New Kensington, PA 15068
Phone 724.335.9813
Fax 724.335.8289
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Combined Sewer Overflow and Sanitary Sewer Overflow Health Hazards

Combined sewer overflows and sanitary sewer overflows can carry bacteria, viruses, protozoa, helminths (intestinal worms) and inhaled molds and fungi directly into surface waters and can cause diseases that may range in severity from mild gastroenteritis to life threatening ailments such as cholera, dysentery, infectious hepatitis, and severe gastroenteritis.

Recreational activities that may cause close contact with contaminated water include Jet Skiing, Wakeboarding, Water Skiing, Swimming, Wading, canoeing, Boating, Kayaking and Fishing.

Citizens should avoid contact with contaminated water during any known river water advisories and during and following extended periods of rainfall. People who have open cuts or sores or compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to infection from exposure to contaminated water.

Recycling Used Oil

It is relatively common for people to recycle paper, glass and metals. Locations and services for these recycling activities are available and relatively well understood. The recycling of petroleum products, however, is not as well known and sometimes confusing.

The following are Frequently Asked Questions courtesy of the American Petroleum Institute

Q: Why should you recycle used oil?
A: Recycling the motor oil from your car, truck, motorcycle or boat, recreational vehicle or lawnmower is one way to demonstrate your commitment to protect the environment for future generations while conserving energy resources.

Q: What are the benefits of recycling used oil?
A: Recycling keeps used motor oil from rivers, streams or lakes. It also keeps oil out of our ground water supplies which can affect your drinking water. Recycling oil saves energy and a valuable resource.

Q: Where do I drop off my used motor oil?
A: Many service stations, repair facilites and quick lubes will accept used oil and used oil filters. Additionally, your local government or recycling coordinator may be able to identify curbside or other recycling programs in your area. The best way of locating a nearby collection center is to visit the web site This web site allows you to search for collection centers by zip code. It also has information on recycling other items like batteries, electronics, and aluminum.

Q: What is recycled oil used for?
A: Used motor oil can be reprocessed into fuel that can be used in furnaces for heat, or in power plants to generate electricity for homes, schools and businesses. It can also be used in industrial and utility boilers, blended for marine fuels and other uses. Used motor oil can also be refined into lubricating oils that meet the same American Petroleum Institute specifications as virgin motor oil.

Q: What is the best way to store used oil before recycling?
A: Be sure to store your used motor oil in a container that will not leak. Many people use milk jugs with a secure cap. Do not mix other substances like antifreeze or transmission fluid with the used oil. Store it away from children and ignition sources.

Q: What happens if I don't recycle used oil?
A: Improperly disposed used oil can end up in landfills, sewers, back yards or storm drains. In all of these cases soil, groundwater and even drinking water may be contaminated. Used oil poured down your sewer can damage your community's water treatment system, contaminating your drinking water and cost you money. In most areas improper disposal of used oil is a crime.

Benefits of Recycling (Information courtesy of the National Recycling Coalition)
  • Approximately 60% of the garbage thrown away today could be recycled
  • Recycling creates 1.1 million U.S. jobs
  • For every job collecting recyclables there are twenty six jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new materials
  • Recycling creates four jobs for every one job created in the waste management and disposal industries
  • Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees
  • When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved