Open Letter to the People of Pittsburgh

“Our Water System Needs Independent Leadership”
Published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 11, 2018

History of PWSA Board and Leadership Failures

The Blue Ribbon Panel’s in-depth review found that PWSA’s leadership in the past has been weak, ineffective and conflicted. Furthermore, based on political considerations, elected officials and PWSA’s Board and senior leaders have made numerous decisions not in the best interest of PWSA. The following synopsis was assembled to demonstrate how the conflicted leadership of PWSA has made decisions that have contributed to PWSA’s current problems.

Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel Report Restructuring Options and Recommendations

Dec. 28, 2017

Blue Ribbon Panel on the Restructuring of PWSA

Mayor William Peduto named a Blue Ribbon Panel in March 2017 to advise the city on a possible restructuring of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The panel of community, environmental, academic, plumbing, drain, professional and business leaders was tasked with studying ways to improve and optimize Pittsburgh’s publicly owned water and sewer asset, and to advise the Peduto administration on the hiring of an advisory firm to help guide those efforts. The independent Blue Ribbon Panel released a report of its recommendations in December 2017. As a result of these recommendations, a mayoral Executive Order was issued in January 2018 that calls for a new resolution that will change PWSA’s governance in order to eliminate the role of elective politics—and the unavoidable conflicts of interest it creates—in the management of the water system.


Q: What is the PWSA?

The Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority (PWSA) is a municipal water authority serving more than 300,000 people throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. PWSA is the largest combined water and sewer authority in Pennsylvania, producing an average of 70 million gallons of water daily…

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