Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller calling on Pittsburgh Mayor to prioritize water lead crisis in city

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner held a press conference Tuesday to call on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to address the “public health crisis” that is elevated lead levels in city drinking water.

 

“We cannot continue the delays, and we cannot continue to fail to address what is the elephant in the room, the fact that lead is leaching through the lines in one of four of the homes that are serviced by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA),” said Controller Wagner. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

Pittsburgh URA approves program to fund replacement of old lead lines across the city

The Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) board approved a program Thursday that would provide financial assistance to property owners looking to replace their lead water service lines. 
The Replace Old Lead Lines (ROLL) program, would be available to low income residents who make below 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). The maximum amount for the loan would be $10,000 with a three percent interest rate- the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is estimating requested loans will begin at $6,000. 
Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

Pittsburgh partnership to invest $1 million for safe water plan

The Peduto administration announced Wednesday a partnership with Pittsburgh stakeholders to provide free water filters to help reduce the high lead levels found in some city residents drinking water. 

The city, along with Peoples Gas and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, will spend a combined $1 million, $500,000 from Peoples Gas and matched with $250,000 from each the city and PWSA, to provide “point of use” filters to be installed at the tap of a residential home. 
Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania given an "F" grade for failure to protect children from lead in water supply

Pennsylvania given an "F" grade for failure to protect children from lead in water supply

Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) spoke at a press conference Tuesday morning where he discussed the issue the Commonwealth is facing by having traces of lead in some city water supplies.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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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
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