On Friday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that his office has filed 161 charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) over elevated lead levels.
For years, Pittsburgh community members and environmental coalitions like the Our Water Campaign — a local coalition of environmental, labor and community organizations that represents tens of thousands of ratepayers — have worked to address the problem of lead in our drinking water. The campaign and its supporters and allies have always supported mandatory disclosure of lead lines; many families may not know if they have a lead service line or not, and without that information, they cannot adequately protect themselves and their families. We know that lead poisoning can result in severe, long-term health problems, especially for children under 6.
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