Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Veolia adds defamation claim to its case against Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Veolia adds defamation claim to its case against Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Veolia Water North America- the contractor hired by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to manage and improve its operations- announced this week that they are putting a halt to talks with the Authority and are initiating a formal arbitration proceeding. 

The two entities had been in negotiations since January after the PWSA claimed earlier that fall that Veolia “grossly mismanaged” the Authority’s operations.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor announces firm for restructuring of its water and sewer authority

Pittsburgh Mayor announces firm for restructuring of its water and sewer authority

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Tuesday that Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) has been chosen to manage a possible restructuring of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

IMG was one of four finalists that made presentations to the Mayor and a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts tasked with finding a restructuring group at a public meeting on March 31.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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
Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor announces nominees to fill PWSA board vacancies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his three nominees Friday to fill vacancies on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

His nominees are: Debbie Lestitian, the chief administration officer and personnel director for the Mayor; Chaton Turner, Assistant Counsel to the Center for Fertility at the UPMC Physician Services Division; and Jim Turner who spent 10 years with the Pennsylvania Economy League and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and previously served as the City’s budget director, finance director and Chief Administrative Officer. He is now adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and international Affairs (GSPIA). 

Friday, April 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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