Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

On the same day that Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill to expedite the process of removing lead water service lines from the city’s infrastructure, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner criticized the county’s health department’s response to lead contamination just hours later.

Wagner released her office’s audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) programs in response to elevated lead water levels. In April, Wagner announced that her office would perform the audit after concerns that the health department was not seriously considering water as a source of lead contamination.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Pittsburgh City Council has postponed a vote on legislation that would permit the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to replace homeowners private lead water service lines for one more week.  


The legislation, which was introduced by council last week, was held for further discussion on important remaining questions such as cost and timeline.  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman

Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

Bill to put PWSA under PUC control pushes forward while the water authority temporarily halts its partial lead line replacement program

The House Consumer Affairs Committee Monday advanced a proposal—House Bill 1490 introduced by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin)—to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC).

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Monday, June 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

At a news conference Monday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsea Wagner urged the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority to halt the installation of partial lead line replacements on the city’s public water lines.

Wagner’s comments come ahead of PWSA’s “blitz” plans to install 1,500 partial line replacements on city water lines in the coming months. The water authority installed partial line replacements at approximately 275 residencies across the city from January 2016 to April 2017.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh announces lead water filter plan, Allegheny County Controller Wagner to monitor county's assessment of lead levels in children

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, his administration, and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority announced their plans Monday for distributing water filters as part of their Safe Water Program to combat lead. 

According to the plan, initial priority will be given to those with small children and those with homes affected by partial lead line replacements, but all city residents are eligible to receive them, including residents of the Borough of Millvale, which is serviced by PWSA. 

Monday, April 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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