Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Lawmakers consider placing all municipal water and sewer authorities under control of the PUC

Pittsburgh’s troubled Water and Sewer Authority may not be the only municipal water utility company to be considered for full oversight by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission following a hearing held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee in Harrisburg Monday. 


While House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) proposed House Bill 1490 back in June to place the PWSA and its deteriorating system of lead pipes and poor customer service under the control of the PUC, Rep. Tina Davis (D-Bucks) is hoping to take the concept one step further by amending the public utilities law to require all municipal water and sewer authorities across the state be placed under PUC jurisdiction. 
Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh asking local developers to propose sites for potential Amazon headquarters

Pittsburgh asking local developers to propose sites for potential Amazon headquarters

In a competitive, nationwide bid to land Amazon’s proposed second headquarters, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County leaders are calling on area developers to submit their best sites.

Amazon HQ2 Team Pittsburgh has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest, seeking potential sites in the Greater Pittsburgh area to include in their formal response to Amazon’s request for proposals for a second headquarters. 

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed Pittsburgh budget avoids tax increases for third year in a row

Proposed Pittsburgh budget avoids tax increases for third year in a row

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Office of Management and Budget submitted a $555 million operating budget and $105 million capital spending plan for 2018 to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Friday.

The proposed budget holds the line on tax increases for the third consecutive year and provides a boost to public safety and transportation spending. 

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
State and federal regulators to review PWSA operations this week

State and federal regulators to review PWSA operations this week

This week, state and federal regulators are taking a closer look at the operations of one of PWSA’s water treatment plants.  


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of the Aspinwall Water Treatment Plant’s water operations. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify areas of improvement and to ensure optimization, regulatory compliance, and protect public health, said PWSA in a statement.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council discusses the future of automation in the workforce

Pittsburgh City Council discusses the future of automation in the workforce

From highly-technical advancements in the areas of manufacturing and engineering being created at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, to Uber using city streets to test their self-driving cars, Pittsburgh is no stranger to the world of automation.

Pittsburgh, like many other cities across the globe, are witnessing and experiencing first-hand how the advancement of robotic automation is changing the landscape of a middle-class workforce, and not always for the better.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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