PWSA Announces Rate Hikes, Receives Recommendations
Water rate hikes are approved the same day a private consultant releases a series of recommendations covering Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Board governance, operations, and maintenance.
The PWSA board voted to raise rates for the next 3 consecutive years by 28 percent next year, 10 percent in 2019, and 11 percent in 2020. Meanwhile Steve Steckler, chairman of the IMG private consultants to the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel studying the future of the PWSA, recommends the city transfer its water assets to a nonprofit public trust
The PWSA has come under scrutiny after high lead levels, major water main breaks, and because the authority is mired in debt and has crumbling infrastructure.
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