A woman who helped organize efforts to improve the water system in Flint, Michigan hopes to help Pittsburghers.
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.
“We don’t think any level of privatization, whether that’s full privatization or public-private partnership, are the answer to PWSA’s problems.”
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.