While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority Board announced Friday they’d gained state approval to introduce a chemical into their water treatment process that would help to lower lead levels. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Alex Charlton's (R-Delaware), HB 2075, to amend state law and let PUC-regulated utilities use their dollars on full lead line replacements, has a hearing next week.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

Newly-elected District 35 Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) started his state legislative career with a surprising phone call. 

He was in a meeting when his phone buzzed, and an unfamiliar voice said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wanted to speak to him. 

“We talked about local policy and politics,” Davis said. “She’s really interested in the things I was going to tackle.” 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

PWSA facing DEP fine for violation of Clean Streams Law, addresses report on People’s Natural Gas deal at board meeting

The state Department of Environmental Protection recommended a fine against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority from two broken pipes that spilled chlorinated water into the Allegheny River last year. 

The violation came up on the PWSA’s February board meeting agenda Friday morning. After the meeting, Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar refused to divulge any details besides that the authority planned an appeal. 

Friday, February 23, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
As lead levels rise, PWSA faces state oversight, possible restructuring in new year

As lead levels rise, PWSA faces state oversight, possible restructuring in new year

The amount of lead in Pittsburgh’s water rose by six parts per billion according to a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority report Monday, confirming analysis by both the County Controller’s office and a Pittsburgh media outlet. 

 

The latest round of Department of Environmental Protection mandated testing showed the city’s water at 21 ppb. The federal action level for lead, triggering pipe replacements and other remedial actions, is 15 ppb.  

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

PWSA should undergo restructuring, not privatization, according to panel review

After a tough year of water flush and boil advisories and partial lead-line replacement controversies, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Blue Ribbon Panel suggests that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority needs to completely restructure its management system, instead of being privatized.

According to its final report released last week, the panel says the reorganization should be completed by March 31 through a contract between the city and PWSA.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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