PWSA approves $44 million in pipe replacements to meet consent decree, looks back on hectic year

PWSA approves $44 million in pipe replacements to meet consent decree, looks back on hectic year

After a year of responding to boil advisories, bursting pipes and high lead levels, with infrastructure spending, raised rates, and state oversight, Tassi Bisers, of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, wants the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to leave 2017 proud of their work.

“I want you to start tooting your own horn about your own courage,” Bisers said to the chuckling PWSA board at their final meeting of the year Friday morning.

The meeting capped a busy year for the authority as it addressed numerous systemic issues, most branching from a lack of past capital investment. The authority also created programs to stop water shutoffs for low income customers and a payment assistance program for those struggling to pay their water bill.

Friday, December 15, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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
PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority reached an agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to restart the replacement of lead pipes that bring water into people’s homes. 

PWSA halted its line replacement program in June because of the health risks associated with the partial line replacements. The authority also claimed it did not have the ability to replace lead pipes on private citizen’s property. 

Friday, November 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

Mayor's water panel hears results of consultant study, mirrors earlier actions of PWSA Board

A few hours after a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Board Meeting laid the groundwork for addressing its myriad issues of crumbling, lead leaching infrastructure to shotty billing Wednesday, a mayoral panel was presented with a consultant firm’s take.

IMG Consulting, hired by Mayor Peduto's Blue Ribbon Panel to analyze the moribund Authority, suggested that the city’s water get turned over to a non-profit trust that would own the water infrastructure and appoint a Board of Directors to make decisions.
Thursday, November 9, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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