Pittsburgh’s water authority will spend $50 million to replace lead service lines, give filters to low-income residents, and take other steps to address the city’s lead crisis under a settlement approved Thursday by state utility regulators.
The move comes a week after the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office filed criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, alleging it mishandled a lead pipe replacement program in 2016 and 2017 and put more than 150 households at elevated risk of lead poisoning. The authority, which had previously admitted civil liability in the case and was fined $2.4 million by state environmental regulators, is fighting the charges.
Clean-water advocates hailed Thursday’s settlement as a significant step toward reducing lead levels in the city’s drinking water, and as a model for other cities also struggling with lead.
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