Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Consulting firm on restructuring PWSA holds its second meeting

Infrastructure Management Group (IMG), the consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, presented their second round of possible ways to restructure the Authority Tuesday before the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel of experts on the matter. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: PWSA
Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Consulting firm delivers initial review of challenges facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting firm hired to investigate the issues facing the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, which it described as “a failed organization atop a dangerous and crumbling structure,” outlined several options for city leaders to consider Monday as they look to try and rework the authority.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

PWSA board considers assistance program, moratorium on service shutoffs

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board is poised to begin a customer assistance program, along with a suggested moratorium on water service shutoffs for customers.

PWSA board Chairwoman Debbie Lestitian moved Thursday to create a subcommittee within the board to consider the approach, asking Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) and Vice Chairperson Margaret Lanier to take the lead.

“An important part of working on a public authority is listening to the public," said Lestitian. “I’ve had several meetings with a lot of the community groups, they’ve all expressed the same concerns. With three new board members now, it’s a responsible time to explore customer assistance programs and their requests for a potential shut off moratorium.” 

Friday, August 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

Allegheny County Controller blasts Health Department's reaction to lead in new audit report

On the same day that Pittsburgh City Council passed a bill to expedite the process of removing lead water service lines from the city’s infrastructure, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner criticized the county’s health department’s response to lead contamination just hours later.

Wagner released her office’s audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) programs in response to elevated lead water levels. In April, Wagner announced that her office would perform the audit after concerns that the health department was not seriously considering water as a source of lead contamination.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan to replace the city’s privately owned lead water service lines without support from the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Council voted 6 to 1 to move two bills along to a full vote on Tuesday to approve the bills’ final amendments. Councilwoman Darlene Harris (District 1) was the lone abstention, though Councilman Corey O’Connor stated he intended to abstain on the vote before leaving the council chamber prior to the vote. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
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