Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for July 24

The state Senate voted on a package of revenue bills this week to balance the current and just recently concluded 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Here’s how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Senate legislative delegation voted on those bills. 

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan to replace the city’s privately owned lead water service lines without support from the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Council voted 6 to 1 to move two bills along to a full vote on Tuesday to approve the bills’ final amendments. Councilwoman Darlene Harris (District 1) was the lone abstention, though Councilman Corey O’Connor stated he intended to abstain on the vote before leaving the council chamber prior to the vote. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency's standards for lead levels in drinking water according to its most recent compliance testing.
128 residential samples were collected through June 2017 and the 90th percentile value was calculated at 15 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA action level. Less than 10 percent of homes were above 15 ppb.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move out a proposal by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-West Mifflin) to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the control of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

House Bill 1490 is only one of the proposal’s currently being considered in Harrisburg to help elevate the crumbling water and sewer infrastructure that is crippling some Pittsburgh residents with a lead water issue.

The other two measures, Senate Bills 656 and 649, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs- especially when public health or safety are at risk. 

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Two legislative committees in Harrisburg moved forward legislation Wednesday that aims to improve the current crumbling structure of Pittsburgh’s water and sewer services.
The House Local Government Committee moved forward a proposal-Senate Bill 656- by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs and replacements.
The bill was passed unanimously by the state Senate last week, along with another proposal by Fontana that would allow local governments to use state PENNVEST funding to assist citizens with repairing and replacing deteriorating water and sewer lines.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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