The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN)  announced on Thursday the creation of a subcommittee tasked with developing a Customer Assistance Program, similar to those available for electricity and natural gas utilities.

This came days after activists from Action United and the Clean Rivers Campaign held a rally in Market Square where they handed out fliers warning of steady rate increases, and minutes after a petition with more than 2,000 signatures was delivered to the ALCOSAN board at their monthly meeting.

“We have been pushing for this for months and typically we have not really received a response at the board meeting after our public comments,” Jennifer Kennedy, director of the Clean Rivers Campaign, said. “And, to have it be part of the new business was really exciting.”

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