Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) announced Thursday that they plan to introduce legislation to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead Safe Homes program open for business in Allegheny County

Lead Safe Homes program open for business in Allegheny County

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Wednesday the inception of a program aiming to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in homes for county homeowners and rental units. 

The Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program is being funded through a $4 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant from U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, and is expected to provide lead hazard control remediation in approximately 175 units. 

Wednesday, April 26, 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
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