Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Customers Must Have a Clear Say in Pwsa's Future

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Customers Must Have a Clear Say in Pwsa's Future

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is in crisis. Again, customers of PWSA have to question the safety of their drinking water, worry about rising water bills and hope the city will find a way to fix PWSA's problems quickly.

On Monday, consulting group Infrastructure Management Group presented its initial findings to the mayor's blue-ribbon panel on ways that PWSA could be restructured or privatized. It concerns me that IMG's founder, Steve Steckler, was a key architect of the Reagan administration's privatization efforts.

So far it appears that the only way we as residents can provide input into these future plans for PWSA is to comment on a website that it will create. While I understand and agree with the need to bring in experts from other cities that have had similar woes, it is absolutely critical that Pittsburgh residents who are most affected by PWSA's problems have the opportunity to voice their concerns and desires. …

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