DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

DEP issues order against PWSA to ensure safe drinking water

The state Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Administrative Order on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority requiring the Authority to make critical infrastructure upgrades and repairs to its public drinking water system to ensure adequate pressure and volume.

The Order requires PWSA to take specific corrective actions on three of its critical water system improvement projects on a schedule prescribed by the DEP. Those three projects include constructing a new liner at the 133 million gallon treated drinking water Lanpher reservoir; upgrading the microfiltration water treatment plant at Highland Reservoir #1 to include a UV disinfection system; and make improvements to the Brueken Pump Station by installing a backup pump and emergency backup power supply.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Philly submit their proposals for Amazon HQ2

Pittsburgh, Philly submit their proposals for Amazon HQ2

Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have submitted their proposals for consideration for their chance to land the highly sought after second headquarters of Amazon after they announced last month that they were looking to build a second headquarters, touting 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment for the lucky winner.

The cities met the October 19 deadline for application submittal.
Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Peduto unveils Pittsburgh's newest Climate Action Plan

Peduto unveils Pittsburgh's newest Climate Action Plan

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released his updated plans to fight climate change in the city this week through the Climate Action Plan 3.0.

First introduced in 2008, the Climate Action Plan includes local goals and strategies to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the city. A re-worked version in 2012 featured steps toward a greenhouse gas reduction target of 20 percent below 2003 levels by 2023.
Thursday, October 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Public calls for the removal of controversial Stephen Foster statue in Pittsburgh

Public calls for the removal of controversial Stephen Foster statue in Pittsburgh

Public commenters at a Pittsburgh Art Commission hearing Wednesday overwhelmingly called for the removal of the controversial Stephen Foster statue from public property, calling it racist and demeaning to black culture.

The Commission scheduled a hearing to gather information and to hear from the public about the controversial statue that was built in 1900 depicting Stephen Foster, a Pittsburgh-born songwriter known for his work with minstrel music, standing over a barefoot black slave playing a banjo. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

Proposed hotel tax increase could hurt chances of Pittsburgh's proposed Sports Commission

The latest effort by lawmakers in Harrisburg to balance this year’s state budget via a five percent hotel tax increase could hurt the chances of a long-sought after Pittsburgh Sports Commission, said Pittsburgh officials Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Sports Commission is part of an economic development strategy between VisitPittsburgh, the city’s official tourism promotion agency, the Sports Exhibition Authority, with support from the Peduto administration and City Council to recruit major sporting events to the city.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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