Mayor Bill Peduto announced Wednesday the establishment of a $1 million “Safe Water Plan” aimed at providing free lead filters to every Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Pennsylvania American Water Co. customer in the city.

“This is a stopgap. This is a Band-Aid on a solution that’s going to be over a decade in solving,” the mayor said. “Decades of inadequate maintenance of our infrastructure has led to a situation where our pipes are breaking.

“The system itself is in disrepair. And hundreds of millions of dollars will be needed to solve it over the course of the next decade or more. But in the meantime, we want to make sure children, parents and grandparents all have safe drinking water.”

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