Our tradition teaches us that water is a source of salvation. Isaiah teaches us (12:3), “Joyfully shall you draw water from the fountains of salvation.” There is something spiritual and physical about water, especially when our water turns bad…
During a summer when water is on minds, but not on our lawns, reservoirs, rivers, rain barrels…., I want to invite you to spend an evening at Temple Sinai to learn more about the challenges we face here in Pittsburgh relating to our water.
Monday, July 16, from 7 – 9 PM, Sarah Powell from Nine Mile Run will be sharing with us the realities we face and the opportunities we have in the coming years.
The largest public works project our area has ever seen is coming!
Right now, when it rains even just a little bit, raw sewage from our aging sewer infrastructure goes directly into our rivers. For obvious reasons, like our rivers being the primary source of drinking water in the area, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has to fix this problem.
As a community, we need to have a say in how this problem is corrected. ALCOSAN is proposing one path, which relies on large concrete tunnels under our rivers to store and move water from one place to another. We can follow that path. Or, we can find solutions that use green technologies like roof gardens, trees, permeable pavement and rain gardens to capture storm water where it falls. These solutions are greener and better for our communities. Plus, they have the added benefits of creating permanent jobs and beautifying neighborhoods; making them places where people want to visit, live and shop.
Do you want a plan that improves our communities and creates good, long-term jobs for local workers? Then join us to let ALCOSAN know you think green infrastructure needs to be a big part of their plan to fix OUR sewer system!
This session is sponsored by the Environmental Task Force of Temple Sinai’s Just Congregations initiative. For more information, please contact Zelda Curtiss firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Ron Symons