Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Pittsburgh City Council has postponed a vote on legislation that would permit the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to replace homeowners private lead water service lines for one more week.  


The legislation, which was introduced by council last week, was held for further discussion on important remaining questions such as cost and timeline.  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman

Categories: Pittsburgh
Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that its rulemaking arm—the Environmental Quality Board—will be examining a proposal at its Wednesday meeting to increase fees for new and amended water permits and implement annual fees for community water systems, non-community water systems, and bottled, vended, retail and bulk water suppliers in order to hire more water quality inspectors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

At a news conference Monday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsea Wagner urged the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority to halt the installation of partial lead line replacements on the city’s public water lines.

Wagner’s comments come ahead of PWSA’s “blitz” plans to install 1,500 partial line replacements on city water lines in the coming months. The water authority installed partial line replacements at approximately 275 residencies across the city from January 2016 to April 2017.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Health Department receives grant to tackle lead issues, creates Lead Task Force

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Wednesday that it has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation to support the expansion of the department’s lead activities. 

The grant is expected to provide the support needed to inform, prevent, screen and monitor the risks of lead found in homes across the county. The funds will go towards examining and updating the current housing-based lead program and associated policies to ensure it is following the best evidence-based practices for lead poisoning prevention, surveillance and intervention, according to a statement by the ACHD.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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