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
On Tuesday, September 26, the Our Water Campaign will hold a town hall to advance the fight for safe, publicly controlled water in Pittsburgh.read more
Last Friday, PIIN, alongside dozens of members of the newly formed Our Water Campaign, called upon the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to improve water quality and service at the monthly PWSA board meeting. The Our Water Campaign was formed in response to...read more
On December 1st, PIIN and The Clean Rivers Campaign co-hosted a presentation of the city of Pittsburgh’s “Clean and Green” plan to solve flooding issues and stop the pollution of waterways every time it rains. The plan was released earlier that morning and is available in draft form for public commentary.read more
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.read more
At a public meeting Tuesday, officials from Tulsa, Okla. and Indianapolis, Ind. talked about the dramatic changes their city made to the provision of water and sewer services.
The residents of Four Mile Run, an isolated neighborhood on the edge of Greenfield, have wanted one thing for a very long time: a major sewage infrastructure project to alleviate its flooding problems. The neighborhood nestled in a valley south of Oakland consistently sees flooding in heavy rains, including the overflowing of Saline Street in September 2016.
Residents asked questions about the effects of lead poisoning, the cost of lead line replacement and the responsibilities of local landlords at a panel discussion about water issues Tuesday night.
More than 200 city residents packed the town hall-style meeting Tuesday evening in East Liberty about Pittsburgh’s lead water problems, and if concern, frustration and anger came in bottles they would have held gallon jugs.