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
DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Administrative Order on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requiring the Authority to make critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs to its public drinking water system to ensure adequate pressure and volume.

The Order requires PWSA to take specific corrective actions on three of its critical water system improvement projects on a schedule prescribed by the DEP. Those three projects include constructing a new liner at the 133 million gallon treated drinking water Lanpher reservoir; upgrading the microfiltration water treatment plant at Highland Reservoir #1 to include a UV disinfection system; and make improvements to the Brueken Pump Station by installing a backup pump and emergency backup power supply.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

In an effort to combat the lead issue found in some of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water services lines, the utility has begun a pilot program to coat pipes with an emerging new technology to prevent contamination. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Pittsburgh’s troubled Water and Sewer Authority may not be the only municipal water utility company to be considered for full oversight by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission following a hearing held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee in Harrisburg Monday. 


While House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) proposed House Bill 1490 back in June to place the PWSA and its deteriorating system of lead pipes and poor customer service under the control of the PUC, Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) is hoping to take the concept one step further by amending the public utilities law to require all municipal water and sewer authorities across the state be placed under PUC jurisdiction. 
Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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