Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

Legislation to move PWSA under authority of PUC clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted Friday to move out a proposal by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-West Mifflin) to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the control of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

House Bill 1490 is only one of the proposal’s currently being considered in Harrisburg to help elevate the crumbling water and sewer infrastructure that is crippling some Pittsburgh residents with a lead water issue.

The other two measures, Senate Bills 656 and 649, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs- especially when public health or safety are at risk. 

Friday, June 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Legislation to improve the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority moves forward in Harrisburg while some city officials have their doubts

Two legislative committees in Harrisburg moved forward legislation Wednesday that aims to improve the current crumbling structure of Pittsburgh’s water and sewer services.
The House Local Government Committee moved forward a proposal-Senate Bill 656- by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line repairs and replacements.
The bill was passed unanimously by the state Senate last week, along with another proposal by Fontana that would allow local governments to use state PENNVEST funding to assist citizens with repairing and replacing deteriorating water and sewer lines.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Senate passes bills to aid citizens with lead line repairs while Pittsburgh City Council postpones vote on similar legislation

Pittsburgh City Council has postponed a vote on legislation that would permit the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to replace homeowners private lead water service lines for one more week.  


The legislation, which was introduced by council last week, was held for further discussion on important remaining questions such as cost and timeline.  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman

Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Speaker Mike Turzai talks about the need for the state to take over the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

VIDEO: Speaker Mike Turzai talks about the need for the state to take over the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) sat down with The PLS Reporter to open up about House Bill 1490, legislation he has sponsored which would place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: VideoPittsburgh
Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

Senate approves lead task force, considers legislation to help replace private contaminated water lines

The Senate approved legislation earlier this month to create a bipartisan task force with the hopes of investigating the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem.  


Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced the resolution with the knowledge that lead exposure can threaten the health and well-being of every Pennsylvanian- especially seniors and children.  


The resolution calls for an advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a review of state law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months.  


Monday, June 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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