At a public meeting Tuesday, officials from Tulsa, Okla. and Indianapolis, Ind. talked about the dramatic changes their city made to the provision of water and sewer services. They presented to a mayoral panel tasked with deciding how best to address the systemic challenges facing Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA): crumbling infrastructure and lead issues […]
The residents of Four Mile Run, an isolated neighborhood on the edge of Greenfield, have wanted one thing for a very long time: a major sewage infrastructure project to alleviate its flooding problems. The neighborhood nestled in a valley south of Oakland consistently sees flooding in heavy rains, including the overflowing of Saline Street in September 2016.
Residents asked questions about the effects of lead poisoning, the cost of lead line replacement and the responsibilities of local landlords at a panel discussion about water issues Tuesday night. The standing room-only event, dubbed “Not Another Flint,” drew more than 100 people to the Kingsley Association in Larimer. It was hosted by the Our […]
More than 200 city residents packed the town hall-style meeting Tuesday evening in East Liberty about Pittsburgh’s lead water problems, and if concern, frustration and anger came in bottles they would have held gallon jugs.
Nayyirah Shariff, the director of the community organization Flint Rising, is the keynoter for a town hall meeting Tuesday evening titled “Not Another Flint,” hosted by the Our Water Campaign, a coalition of eight environmental groups formed to promote a safe, affordable, publicly controlled water supply in Pittsburgh.
Some activist groups and residents of neighborhoods affected by Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority problems are urging the PWSA board to oppose any fix for water authority problems that would involve privatizating the water system.
At the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board meeting earlier today, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. While many were there to simply witness the board proceedings in light of recent high-profile incidents, including reports of high lead levels, nearly a dozen called on the board to improve the city’s water quality.
Speaking for a coalition of environmental organizations, faith groups, community-based nonprofits and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority ratepayers, we are deeply concerned about our region’s water quality and want to ensure that the public has maximum control over our water. PWSA must provide clean and affordable water to Pittsburgh residents, and it’s critical that changes be made to the authority to accomplish these goals.
On Oct. 27, the Alcosan board voted to establish a customer assistance program (CAP) for residents who are unable to pay their rising sewer bills. The Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network commends Alcosan for taking these positive steps to help low-income ratepayers have access to clean water for their families.