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
City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting group tasked with finding a possible restructuring solution of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its final report Monday.

In the fifty-page “Restructuring Assessment” document, Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) recommends transferring oversight of PWSA to a newly-created Pittsburgh Public-Infrastructure Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, which in turn would name a Board of Directors to oversee PWSA operations. Both bodies would be independent of city government, and would set water and sewer rates under the oversight of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation putting the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the control of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

After making its way through the legislative, which started in early June, House Bill 1490 sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Carrick) passed the full House Monday 189-5.
Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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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