Grassroots groups on Monday called for a state investigation of what they claim was mismanagement of Pittsburgh’s water system in 2012-15 by Veolia, a private firm hired to provide oversight and reduce operating costs for the city’s aging water system.

Against a seasonal, street theater backdrop in which activists portrayed Veolia as the Grinch, and a water main break and ongoing boil water advisory in the city’s East End, Aly Shaw, an organizer for the group Our Water, urged Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., to forward her September complaint to state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

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