Pittsburgh, PA is giving pittsburgh water agency 50 million dollars to spend 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. This action following Pennsylvania attorney general’s office filing criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, alleging it mishandled a lead pipe replacement program in 2016 and 2017 and puts more than 150 households at elevated risk of lead poisoning. The inhabitants of pittsburgh have been consuming less contaminated water for far too long. This is a step in the right direction for holding city officials accountable for their citizens public safety. The utility agreed to accelerate its existing lead line replacement program, promising to swap out 3,800 of its own water lines and 2,800 privately owned lines, at no charge to residents, this year and next. The money will come from grants and a loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or Pennvest, which funds sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the state.
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