Rebecca Addison / Pittsburgh City Paper

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.

Among them were members of the Our Water Campaign, a newly formed coalition made up of local organizations Pittsburgh United, Clean Water Action, Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Sierra Club, Nine Mile Run Watershed, New Voices Pittsburgh, Thomas Merton Center and One Pennsylvania.

“There is no one in this room who wants you to succeed and thrive more than we do,” said Tom Hoffman of the Sierra Club. “As leaders of [PWSA], you speak for us and are accountable to us.”

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