Open house Saturday is ALCOSAN’s 16th annual celebration of sewage |

Open house Saturday is ALCOSAN’s 16th annual celebration of sewage

Tony LaRussa
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority’s wastewater treatment plant in the city’s North Side will play host to agency’s 16 annual open house on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

It’s easy ignore where things go when they are poured down the drain or the toilet is flushed.

But why ignore it when you can enjoy it?

The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority is promising a day at the sewage treatment plant will be nothing but fun when it plays host to its 16th annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Last year nearly 2,400 people attended the open house at the wastewater treatment plant in the city’s North Side.

This year’s free event will feature more than 50 exhibitors including the agency’s Mad Scientist, Science Rock’s Nutty Professor and a 2,200-gallon aquarium that provides a close-up look of fish caught in the Ohio River.

Visitors also will be able to learn about native and local amphibian species, drive a robot, design their own watershed and get a photo made with ALCOSAN’s mascot Frankie the Fish.

The authority’s infamous “Toilet Boat” from the Three Rivers Regatta’s “Anything That Floats” race also will be on display.

Tours of the plant will provide a glimpse into the process used to clean wastewater and return it to the Ohio River.

Free burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers grilled by ALCOSAN employees also will be served at the rain-or-shine event.

Free parking and a shuttle from the North Side T-stations will be available.

Sign up online to attend.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or [email protected] or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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