Allegheny County Lead Task Force releases final recommendations

Allegheny County Lead Task Force releases final recommendations

The Allegheny County Lead Task Force released its final report, including 24 recommendations, for how the county can best protect the public’s health against lead exposure.

The nine-member task force, launched and assembled in May 2017 by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, recommended ways to decrease the public’s exposure, namely adolescents, to lead in paint, water, soil and other sources.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

PWSA signs agreement with state DEP to restart lead line replacements

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority reached an agreement with the Department of Environmental Protection to restart the replacement of lead pipes that bring water into people’s homes. 

PWSA halted its line replacement program in June because of the health risks associated with the partial line replacements. The authority also claimed it did not have the ability to replace lead pipes on private citizen’s property. 

Friday, November 17, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
New task force to help reduce lead exposure across the state

New task force to help reduce lead exposure across the state

Sen. John Yudichak's (D-Luzerne) new task force will conduct an 18-month study on the age of Pennsylvania's housing stock, lead pipes, school buildings and child care centers, to review the best practices and then make recommendations to remediate and reduce exposure to lead. The task force will then make policy recommendations through a report to the Senate.

 

Thursday, November 16, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

PWSA tries pipe coating pilot program to combat lead issue

In an effort to combat the lead issue found in some of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s water services lines, the utility has begun a pilot program to coat pipes with an emerging new technology to prevent contamination. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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