Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) for violating the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act multiple times, according to a Friday press release.
The third-degree misdemeanors — one for each household affected by PWSA’s violations — are for failing to notify residents about lead water-line replacement and not sampling the new lines within the time frame required.
PWSA first noticed in 2016 that lead levels in its pipe systems exceeded the state maximum levels of toxicity. As a response, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection told PWSA it must replace seven percent of service lines to lower the lead levels.
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