Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

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Nearly 20 years after Pittsburgh was told it needed to do something about combined sewer overflows, the city and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are still working on it. However, officials are getting closer. 

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On today's program: Pittsburgh Public Schools administrators are assessing when to bring some students back to schools; A local environmental advocacy group weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated rules for lead and copper and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s work on reducing lead in drinking water; and Erie voters with differing political views discuss the results of the general election.

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More Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers will be protected from shutoffs this winter. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has approved a settlement that also cuts the PWSA’s proposed service rate increase in half.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced federal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for past violations of the Clean Water Act.

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On today's program: Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is requesting proposals for a stormwater master plan to stop stormwater and sewage overflows in the region; how to deal with election stress; and safety precautions to stay safe while voting in person.

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools first day of school is scheduled for August 31st, just a little more than five weeks away. But it’ll be at least another week and a half before families know for sure what fall instruction is going to look like. While some districts are offering a hybrid model, with both online and in-person instruction, others haven’t made up their minds yet, including PPS.

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On today's program: PWSA and elected officials announced the lead levels in water are now in compliance with EPA and DEP requirements; on the 30th anniversary of the ADA, advocates and activists look to the  future; and a new grant program will help minority business owners in Pennsylvania struggling due to the coronavirus. 

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials gathered with local and state leaders at a lead line replacement site in Bloomfield on Wednesday to celebrate news that lead levels in the system have dropped to 5.1 parts per billion. The agency is now in full compliance with federal and state regulations for the first time since 2016.

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Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority expects to exit crisis mode in the next couple of years. Officials say decades of disinvestment weakened the system, and it’s taken time to stabilize. But with several years of investment and long-range planning behind them, PWSA expects to be able to spend more time on green and stormwater infrastructure. That could mean a new fee for ratepayers.

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Update: The flush and boil advisory has been lifted as of Friday, November 29. Residents who have not run their water in recent days should flush their taps for at least one minute before using water for cooking or drinking.

In "an abundance of caution," the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a flush and boil water advisory to streets in Pittsburgh's Upper Lawrenceville neighborhood. The affected area is between Stanton Avenue, Butler Street, parts of Duncan Street and the shopping center near 55th Street.

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*The flush and boil advisory has been lifted as of Thursday, August 15. Residents who have not run their water in in recent days should flush their taps for at least one minute before using water for cooking or drinking.

 

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for Lincoln-Lemington and part of Homewood.

Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Lead levels for Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority remain higher than the federal action level of 15 parts per billion. However, the latest rounds of test results revealed that a chemical additive has reduced lead in water.

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The board of directors of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority unanimously approved a pledge to bar privatization at its regular monthly meeting Friday.

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On today’s program: The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is bringing Patti LaBelle, Makaya McCraven and a stacked lineup of jazz and funk musicians to town; a PA House bill could expand insurance coverage for treating Lyme disease; local poet and founder of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange Michael Wurster publishes his fourth anthology; and PWSA explains how existing programs can help low-income residents pay their water bills.

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City of Pittsburgh officials are counting on $7 million from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority for the 2019 budget. But PWSA can’t write any checks until there’s a new cooperation agreement.

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Pittsburgh's outdoor pools open Wednesday, giving residents reprieve from hot temperatures this summer. This might be the last summer that water for pools, and other amenities, will be free for the city. 

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A newly proposed cooperation agreement between the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will be introduced in city council on Tuesday.

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A 36-inch water main in the Strip District broke Tuesday evening, flooding Smallman Street. Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said customers between 15th and 17th streets continue to be without water, and the roadway is blocked off to traffic between 14th and 17th streets.

Megan Harris / 90.5 WESA

After more than three months of negotiation, city of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority officials say they hope to present a new cooperation agreement to council and PWSA’s board of directors within the month. The deadline for the agreement was extended 60 days, from May 4 to July 5.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

The addition of a food-grade chemical called orthophosphate to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s distribution system is expected to lower lead levels for its 300,000 consumers within months. The change on Monday comes nearly three years after PWSA first exceeded the federal action level for lead in drinking water.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

This spring, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority will embark on a massive new infrastructure project to replace its small water mains.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has set a new course for its future, in which its customers can rely on clean, safe water and rarely ever think about the authority headquartered at 1200 Penn Avenue. 

PWSA To Spend $50M To Replace Lead Pipes

Feb 7, 2019
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Pittsburgh's water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents, and take other steps to address the city's lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators.

Jake Savitz / 90.5 WESA

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board on Monday voted to terminate its cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and negotiate a new one.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority relating to partial lead line replacements the authority made between 2016 and 2017.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

By the end of March, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority must begin treating its water with a type of chemical called orthophosphate to lower lead levels.

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority remains out of compliance with federal standards for lead in drinking water.

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Some utilities and banks that service western Pennsylvania are offering financial assistance programs to customers impacted by the partial federal government shutdown.

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Aqua America has regularly backed dozens of Pennsylvania political candidates financially since 2005. The company has spent $153,750 on contributions to state and local candidates this year alone, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Last week, the company announced it would purchase Peoples Gas for $4.3 billion.

Both companies have been eyeing the struggling Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and have expressed interest in providing water to the city.

Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA

In an informational session at Pittsburgh City Council Thursday, three invited panelists answered members’ questions about privatization and public-private partnerships as they pertain to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

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