Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Philadelphia, Allegheny County release reports on anti-lead exposure efforts

Both Philadelphia and Allegheny County Monday released reports on anti-lead exposure efforts within their respective jurisdictions showing differing levels of progress in combatting exposure to lead.


In light of recent reports showing elevated levels of lead in public drinking water provided by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), an audit by Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner shows that the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has not prioritized responding to local concerns. 


“Right now, no agency is taking the lead on ensuring that this issue is addressed- and the Health Department should be that agency,” said Wagner at a Monday afternoon press conference. “No other agency has the scientific expertise, the ear of the community on public health issues, the partnerships with the philanthropic community, and- most importantly- the authority over our fragmented structure of water services."

Tuesday, December 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll

Allegheny County Board of Health limits e-cigarette use in public places

The Allegheny County Board of Health approved regulations Wednesday to limit the use of e-cigarettes in public places. 

With all ten board members vote, and one abstention, they passed regulations that would prohibit “vaping” where smoking is prohibited- with the exception of speciality stores making 50 percent of their income from the sale of those products- and would limit the use of e-cigs and vape products by food service workers during work hours. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority takes steps to tackle lead, billing and customer support

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was joined by Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) interim executive director David Donahue to outline water quality initiatives and provide an update on billing issues at a press conference on Friday morning.


Through a free residential customer requested water lead testing program, it was found that 20 water samples out of 393 that were taken from customers of PWSA, contained lead levels at or above the federally accepted minimum. 


The federally accepted minimum, according to the PSWA, is 15 parts per billion (ppb). The highest test result found within the samples was 60 ppb, said Donahue. 


57 percent of those tested were non-detect for lead, 18 percent were between 1-5 ppb, 13 percent were between 5.1 and 9.9 ppb and six percent were between 10-14.9 ppb. 

Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County receives $3.4 million grant to protect against hazards of lead-based paint and other health, safety hazards

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Allegheny County Economic Development has received a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding is intended to reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting significant lead and other home health and safety hazards. 

“We want our residents to live in, and be able to purchase, safe, healthy and affordable housing,” said Fitzgerald. “We thank the Department of Housing & Urban Development for their support of this program, and the many partners who will work along with Economic Development and the Health Department to make it a success.” 

Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll