Scranton homeowners file suit over undisclosed sewer lines

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 29, 2016 3:52 PM

(Scranton)_A Pennsylvania water utility is closing on its $195 million purchase of Scranton's sewer system this week amid a lawsuit filed by homeowners who say the Scranton Sewer Authority offered them a pittance for easements that should have been acquired decades ago.

Pennsylvania American Water is buying the Scranton Sewer Authority's wastewater system.

The lawsuit says homeowners had no clue that public sewer lines ran underneath their properties until August, when the sewer authority informed them of the lines' existence.

The authority offered each homeowner $100 for easements.

Six homeowners who received the letters sued, arguing the sewer system had no right to operate the decades-old lines in the first place.

Their lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of some 600 home and business owners in Scranton.

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