Pittsburgh officials, PWSA present initial plan to address flooding issues across the city

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined members of the administration and representatives from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) Monday to present to City Council a preliminary plan to address stormwater and water quality issues throughout the city.

The city has worked in partnership with PWSA over the past year on the development of a green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back ups and surface flooding. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

New Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority interim executive director, task force announced

Along with the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s announcement of a new interim executive director, Mayor Bill Peduto also announced the formation of a task force to study the operations, financial condition and organizational structure of the Authority. 

The PWSA announced Thursday that Bernard Lindstrom, a former U.S. Army Colonel and CEO/Commander and District Engineer for the Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 2013, will take over duties full time on September 12.
Thursday, September 1, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Newly appointed PWSA director steps down

The new Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority executive director has stepped down, effective immediately. 

The PWSA Board announced Tuesday morning that it has “accepted the withdrawal” of K. Charles Griffin, who was expected to start later this month. 

“The Board is presently evaluating options for next steps in the search for a candidate to fill the position on a permanent basis,” said Alex Thomson, Chairman of the Board. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Newly named PWSA executive director’s resume comes under scrutiny

Less than a day after the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) named its new executive director, the hire is coming under controversy after allegations arose that he declined to disclose in his resume a previous, similar position he held from which he was dismissed without reason in 2013.

Thursday, July 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Pittsburgh

First round of PWSA water testing finds lead levels exceeds EPA threshold

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released the results from compliance testing for lead and copper required by state and federal regulations Tuesday afternoon.

PWSA pre-selected 100 residential sites for the compliance test based on a method prescribed under regulatory guidelines requiring a water provider to obtain tap samples from homes that have, or are expected to have, lead service lines or plumbing. 

It was found that 45 homes were non-detect for lead, 15 are between 2.1 and 4.6 ppb (parts per billion), 7 are between 22 and 38 ppb, and 4 are between 50 and 75 ppb. 

The federally accepted minimum, according to the PSWA, is 15 ppb. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh