Mayor Bill Peduto’s Administration has requested a financial and legal advisory team for the improvement of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority. The announcement came just after noon on Friday.
“The City of Pittsburgh owns the water and sewer system that was leased to the PWSA decades ago. It’s time to reevaluate this structure,” Mayor Peduto said in the announcement. He went on to say, “After systemic problems with inadequate billing, lead in our service lines, and this week’s flush and boil water advisory, the City has the duty to find new ways to improve our water services, and create the safe, effective and sustainable water authority our residents deserve.”
The PWSA has been made aware of the request and is on board.
The Mayor says they are not considering full privatization or third-party arrangements at this time.
The boil water advisory was lifted about 24 hours before this announcement. At the press conference, which can be watched below, the PWSA apologized for the incident.