Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

Battle over Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs intensifies

In an effort to address the long-term, systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh’s Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA), Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a hearing with an expert water panel tasked with finding solutions to the Authority’s aging infrastructure needs, crippling debt, and water quality issues on Friday as the political battle over the authority's future and Pittsburgh's water infrastructure needs grows.

Sunday, April 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

Sen. Fontana seeks to empower municipalities to help citizens with crumbling water and sewer lines

In an effort to help Pennsylvanian’s repair or replace their at risk water and sewer lines, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) introduced a package of legislation Wednesday that would allow local governments to tap government funding sources to help. 

Highlighting the fact that Pennsylvania’s aging pipe infrastructure is buckling from high lead content, storm water overflows, discharges and other serious issues, Fontana said homeowners are unable to afford to repair or replace the deteriorating waterlines on their properties, noting that some repairs can run from $5,000 to $35,000. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
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