Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb has not minced words when it comes to the city’s water authority.

Lamb has previously described the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority as “mismanaged”, and pointed to issues caused by a “perfect storm of mistakes and incompetence.” But he showed a turnaround this week by praising their recent progress and joined the ranks of citizens and elected officials opposed to privatization.

Peoples Natural Gas has been courting the water authority since the spring to start a public-private partnership, but Lamb called the offer misguided and warned privatization would undo the progress seen over the past year.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

At protests, hearings and in public comment since spring, many Pittsburgh residents have made it clear that they don’t want the Steel City to accept Peoples Gas’ offer for a public private partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  

 

But after hearing out constituentscouncil felt it was time to hear from the experts and allow members to have a deeper discussion about what a public-private partnership could mean for the city. 

Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission held a public hearing to gauge residents' feelings on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed raise to residential rates Tuesday.

The suggested increase for 2019 is 17.1 percent, which the authority says will fund $74 million in infrastructure improvements and provide $163 million for maintenance and operations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Turzai, organized labor come out in support of Peoples Gas partnership with PWSA

Peoples Natural Gas is finding support in high places for their gambit to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

Since the company announced its wish to build a water treatment site in O’Hara Township, Pittsburgh activists, lawmakers and the authority itself have held growing concern about the prospect of the partnership. 

Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh residents plead with council to keep the PWSA public

Pittsburgh residents plead with council to keep the PWSA public

Pittsburgh residents are not thrilled with the idea of a partnership between the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Peoples Natural Gas.

That’s why most of Wednesday night saw residents telling city council members that privatization would spell disaster for the city.

Friday, July 20, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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