Elected officials highlight lead line replacement progress

Elected officials highlight lead line replacement progress

Amid excavators and hard hats on a dug up Greenfield Street, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto struck an optimistic tone on replacing the lead pipes that have shaped the city’s water politics since 2016.

Friday, October 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools

Since the deadly Parkland shooting in February, school districts across the country have questioned if armed officers in schools are the answer to keeping students safe.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Nearly $50 million in state dollars headed to PWSA for lead pipe replacements

Nearly $50 million in state dollars headed to PWSA for lead pipe replacements

Over the past year the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has been racing to replace 2,100 lead lines throughout the city. Thanks to the $49 million Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday, that goal became a little more feasible.

“These projects benefit public health, the environment, and support sustainable communities as we advance our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy,” Wolf said.
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement

After a fire cost an elderly woman her life in a downtown Pittsburgh high-rise two years ago, Fire Chief Daryl Jones collaborated with the mayor’s office to push for legislation to require that all such buildings include sprinkler systems. 

However, after the legislation’s second consecutive week being delayed for final vote in city council Tuesday, it’s clear requiring sprinkler systems in all high-rises in the city is much easier said than done. 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb has not minced words when it comes to the city’s water authority.

Lamb has previously described the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority as “mismanaged”, and pointed to issues caused by a “perfect storm of mistakes and incompetence.” But he showed a turnaround this week by praising their recent progress and joined the ranks of citizens and elected officials opposed to privatization.

Peoples Natural Gas has been courting the water authority since the spring to start a public-private partnership, but Lamb called the offer misguided and warned privatization would undo the progress seen over the past year.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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