Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Website to Detail Regional River Quality

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Website to Detail Regional River Quality

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Improvements to 29 monitoring stations will allow people who use the rivers in the region to get real-time data about the quality of the water, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Monday.

A partnership between the River Alert Information Network and Penn's Corner Conservancy Charitable Trust Inc. will mean that the stations along the Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio, Youghiogheny, Shenango and Beaver rivers will automatically send water-quality data to the RAIN website.

The real-time data will alert officials to respond swiftly and detect an oil spill, bromine and other hazardous waste. And it will allow recreational users to check the conditions of the rivers as well.

"What we want is for anyone to be able to go to the website and see any change in the water such as the temperature, pH level and the conductivity," said PWSA spokeswoman Melissa Rubin.

The website that will have the information, www.rainmatters.org, is under construction.

Penn's Corner will provide both technical and financial assistance for RAIN. …

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