Legislation to put the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the oversight of the state’s Public Utility Commission is moving briskly through the Legislature — it unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no hearings or public discussion. The bill now moves to the Senate.

“The speed is a real problem for us. We would like a little more time to figure out just what PUC oversight would mean and how to make this bill work for PWSA ratepayers in the best way possible,” said Aly Shaw, an organizer with the Our Water Campaign, a coalition including Pittsburgh United, the Sierra Club and the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. It advocates for publicly controlled water.

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