Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Local activists oppose partnership between PWSA and Peoples Natural Gas

Efforts by natural gas company Peoples Gas to partner with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has earned the ire of several activists and community leaders in recent weeks. So much so that grassroots advocacy group Our Water Campaign gathered in front of the company’s North Shore headquarters Wednesday morning to launch a petition against what it thinks will lead to the privatization of the PWSA.

Thursday, June 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Complaint against PWSA management company filed with Allegheny county DA

Complaint against PWSA management company filed with Allegheny county DA

According to Pittsburgh activists, a case involving a French water company linked to the Flint water crisis has been referred to Attorney General Josh Shaprio’s office over its role in Pittsburgh’s ongoing water issues.

Thursday, April 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

House's newest face, Austin Davis, jumps into committees, introduces water bill aid program

Newly-elected District 35 Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny) started his state legislative career with a surprising phone call. 

He was in a meeting when his phone buzzed, and an unfamiliar voice said former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wanted to speak to him. 

“We talked about local policy and politics,” Davis said. “She’s really interested in the things I was going to tackle.” 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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
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
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