“The people of Pittsburgh have been drinking lead-contaminated water for too long. This settlement requires aggressive , affordable solutions to protect public health and hold officials accountable to the people they serve… These hard-fought changes would not have been possible without the leadership of Pittsburgh United’s Our Water Campaign and the residents who stood alongside them,” says Dimple Chaudhary, an attorney with Natural Resources Defense Council.
Pittsburgh United, a coalition of faith-based, environmental and labor groups which was represented by lawyers for the council and the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, intervened in the Public Utilities Commission case against the PWSA.
“Safe water is a right, not a luxury,” says Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, executive director of Pittsburgh United. “Recent lead level testing confirms Pittsburgh has a chronic lead problem.”
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