Mayor announces a new plan to provide free lead filters to Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority customers.
At the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board meeting, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. While many were there to simply witness the proceedings in light of recent high-profile incidents, nearly a dozen called on the board to improve the city’s water quality.
The realty transfer tax increase would raise $9 million a year to create an affordable housing trust fund. The city is short about 17,000 homes affordable enough for the working poor.
More than 50 witnesses testified to members of the council Wednesday on the creation of a Housing Opportunity Fund. The legislation would set aside millions each year for affordable housing.
Rivers are at the heart of the Pittsburgh region. The area’s economic and environmental revival is closely tied to its rivers, but unfortunately its aging and poorly designed sewer system is creating a crisis. As little as one-tenth of an inch of rain can cause raw sewage and other contaminants to overflow into local rivers.