Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

A few hours after a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Board Meeting laid the groundwork for addressing its myriad issues of crumbling, lead leaching infrastructure to shotty billing Wednesday, a mayoral panel was presented with a consultant firm’s take.

IMG Consulting, hired by Mayor Peduto's Blue Ribbon Panel to analyze the moribund Authority, suggested that the city’s water get turned over to a non-profit trust that would own the water infrastructure and appoint a Board of Directors to make decisions.
Thursday, November 9, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

PWSA customers to see rate increases over the next three years

In a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board voted to approve an Organizational and Compliance Plan, along with their 2018 capital and operating budgets which will include a 28 percent rate increase for its customers.

For the average residential water customer, that’s a $15 per month increase.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

Releasing an audit of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Wednesday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale made the point that the Authority was bound to fail from its inception in 1984 due to bad deals and poor management.

However, despite that observation, the main takeaway from his office’s audit started earlier this year with the permission of the PWSA, may mean DePasquale faces some supernatural fury from his grandfather, the famously colorful Pittsburgh city councilman Eugene ‘Jeep’ DePasquale.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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