Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

In light of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s flush and boil water advisory issued Tuesday for about 100,000 of its customers due to a contamination precaution, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) is calling on the state Attorney General and Auditor General to conduct an independent investigation into the city’s water supplier. 

“I am so sick of PWSA and all of the issues with PWSA,” said the Councilwoman following a council meeting Wednesday. “Since I’ve been here we’ve had issues with billing, issues with communication, lead in the water, and now this. We need an investigation into PWSA and we need to make some very strong steps moving forward.”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Latest round of PWSA water testing finds minimal improvement on lead levels

Latest round of PWSA water testing finds minimal improvement on lead levels

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released the results from its December 2016 lead and copper compliance testing regulations on Thursday, and results showed the 90th percentile value was calculated at 18 parts per billion (ppb), three parts higher than the federally accepted minimum of 15 ppb. 

PWSA tested 149 residential sites using a method prescribed under Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and  federal EPA  guidelines requiring a water provider to have obtain tap water samples from homes that have, or are expected to have, lead service lines or plumbing. 
Thursday, January 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: leadPWSA
Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

The Allegheny County Board of Health met Wednesday to consider a proposal that would require lead testing for young children. 

According to the proposed measure, children between the ages of nine and 12 months and again at two years old, would be required to undergo blood testing to detect if lead is present in their system.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh water and sewer monthly rates to increase for next two years

Pittsburgh water and sewer monthly rates to increase for next two years

In an effort to tackle over $750 million in debt and to remedy an aging pipeline infrastructure, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) Board of Directors approved a $130 million 2017 operating budget last week that includes rate increases for the next two years. 

Beginning January 1, 2017, PWSA’s rates will increase by $6.90 per month for the average customer, and an additional $4.80 per month in 2018.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Council kicks of 2017 budget hearings

Before the start of the holiday season, Pittsburgh City Council has began its four-week long budget hearing process to take a closer look at the funds being proposed for the city’s departments and services.


“For some of the departments [the hearings] are really an opportunity to dig deep, line-by-line and understand where we’re putting our priorities for next year,” said Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), chairman of the the first day of hearings. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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