Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb was joined by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday to release a performance audit of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and to announce DePasquale’s plans to conduct a separate review. 

The review by the Auditor General will focus more on PWSA governance and review and whether the current structure of the Authority is suitable to provide the proper oversight, while Controller Lamb’s review focused on PWSA’s installation of water meters, customer billing processes, customer service effectiveness, and concerns about lead in the drinking water- all problems that have plagued the Authority over the past couple of years. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

State Auditor General to conduct review of Pittsburgh's water authority

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced Tuesday that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board, with support from the administration, will be inviting state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to conduct his own performance investigation of the authority’s operations. 


The Office of Municipal Investigations (OMI) will also begin an investigation at PWSA to discover why the authority was forced to issue a flush and boil water advisory last week, causing upheaval for some 100,000 city residents. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor seeking outside advisory team to restructure the PWSA

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration is calling for a financial and legal advisory team to assist the city in making improvements to the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

“The City of Pittsburgh owns the water and sewer system that was leased to the PWSA decades ago. It's time to reevaluate this structure,” said the Mayor in a statement. 
Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

In light of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s flush and boil water advisory issued Tuesday for about 100,000 of its customers due to a contamination precaution, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) is calling on the state Attorney General and Auditor General to conduct an independent investigation into the city’s water supplier. 

“I am so sick of PWSA and all of the issues with PWSA,” said the Councilwoman following a council meeting Wednesday. “Since I’ve been here we’ve had issues with billing, issues with communication, lead in the water, and now this. We need an investigation into PWSA and we need to make some very strong steps moving forward.”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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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