Ratepayer Justice Task Force

The Ratepayer Justice Taskforce is focused on winning investment in green infrastructure and local jobs in the sewer system overhaul ALCOSAN is required to complete. By committing a green-first approach to reducing sewer overflow, we can minimize the overall cost of the project – which means ratepayers’ won’t see their bills go up as much.

We’ve also been working with the Clean Rivers Campaign to fight for a consumer assistance program so that low-income residents can get assistance with their water bills, just like they can with their gas and electric bills. Most recently, PIIN has become a coalition partner of the Our Water Campaign, and has been on the front lines fighting for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water in Pittsburgh.

Task Force Chair: Rev. Vincent Kolb


A big win for affordable green infrastructure solutions

PIIN’s Ratepayer Justice Task Force has worked closely with The Clean Rivers Campaign to ensure that ALCOSAN ratepayers– especially low-income residents– aren’t stuck footing water bills they cannot afford as part of ALCOSAN’s $2 billion system upgrades. On October 27th, the board of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority awarded a contract to Dollar Energy Fund Inc. to administer the customer assistance program we’ve long advocated for.

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Assisting ratepayers

On Oct. 27, the Alcosan board voted to establish a customer assistance program (CAP) for residents who are unable to pay their rising sewer bills. The Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network commends Alcosan for taking these positive steps to help low-income ratepayers have access to clean water for their families.