Two years after Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner declared our water quality to be “a public health crisis,” lead levels in Pittsburgh’s water remain above EPA action levels.

Relief may be on the way.

At the end of January, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority (PWSA) broke ground on a new water treatment facility in Highland Park. The two-building complex, located within the Sycamore Grove Shelter, will supply orthophosphate chemicals into the water from the nearby reservoir.

“Constructing this facility and adding orthophosphate to our water system will reduce lead levels across our water system,” said PWSA Executive Director Robert Weimar.

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