Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority http://wesa.fm en PWSA Now Accepting Cash Payments at 7-Eleven Stores http://wesa.fm/post/pwsa-now-accepting-cash-payments-7-eleven-stores <p>Customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority now have another payment option at their disposal – cash payments at 7-Eleven stores.</p><p>“It’s a convenience for our customers who don’t have a bank account, a credit card, a debit card, they may be out of town,” said Melissa Rubin, a PWSA spokeswoman. “Cash payments can be made at any 7-Eleven across the U.S.”</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32664 at http://wesa.fm PA House Bills Would Allow Municipalities to Repair Private Sewer Lines http://wesa.fm/post/pa-house-bills-would-allow-municipalities-repair-private-sewer-lines <p>Around 40 percent of all the water treated by ALCOSAN is already clean, according to Jim Good, Interim Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.</p><p>Clean rainwater and groundwater often make their way into the sewer system through leaks in lateral sewer lines, which run from the main line to individual buildings and homes.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:02:19 +0000 Liz Reid 26411 at http://wesa.fm With High Temps Expected This Week, Melting Snow Could Bring Flooding http://wesa.fm/post/high-temps-expected-week-melting-snow-could-bring-flooding <p>The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to reach the low 50s this week, meaning the possibility of a lot of melted snow and ice — and floods.</p><p>Werner Loehlein, the chief of the water management for the Pittsburgh Army Corps of Engineers, said the Corps always worries about substantial snow and river ice when the temperature rises.</p><p>However, he said the latest forecast from the National Weather Service appears to show that Pittsburgh is safe from flooding.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:34:07 +0000 Jessica Nath 24595 at http://wesa.fm PWSA Gearing Up for Weather-Induced Water Main Breaks http://wesa.fm/post/pwsa-gearing-weather-induced-water-main-breaks <p>Crews at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are gearing up for a busy week as the deep freeze sets in and is followed by a quick thaw.</p><p>“Any extreme change in temperature causes the ground to shift, and when that occurs, the lines break,” said PWSA spokeswoman Melissa Rubin. “We have an old system, we have a lot of pipe that’s 80 years old, a hundred years old. Some of them are old cast iron pipes, and they break when the ground shifts.”</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:26:26 +0000 Liz Reid 22458 at http://wesa.fm Council Members Urged to Pursue Green Solutions to Storm Water Overflow Problem http://wesa.fm/post/council-members-urged-pursue-green-solutions-storm-water-overflow-problem <p>A broad coalition of environmental and community groups Monday urged Pittsburgh City Council to pursue green infrastructure solutions to the city’s storm water overflow problem.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:57:07 +0000 Liz Reid 20023 at http://wesa.fm $5 M State Loan to Ease Sewer Overflows in Hill District & South Side http://wesa.fm/post/5-m-state-loan-ease-sewer-overflows-hill-district-south-side <p></p><p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) has received a $5 million loan from the state for sewer improvement projects in the Hill District and the South Side. &nbsp;</p><p>The PWSA and all communities in Allegheny County are under a 2004 Consent Order to reduce sewer overflows on rainy days.</p><p>PWSA interim executive director Jim Good said cities that have been built in the last 100 years have a separate sanitary and storm water systems.&nbsp; But older cities including New York, Boston and Pittsburgh have combined, single pipe systems.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:06:59 +0000 Kevin Gavin 18685 at http://wesa.fm $5 M State Loan to Ease Sewer Overflows in Hill District & South Side PWSA, Veolia Extend Contract; Authority May Have New Director in Next 18 Months http://wesa.fm/post/pwsa-veolia-extend-contract-authority-may-have-new-director-next-18-months <p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Veolia Water have extended their partnership agreement through December 2014. PWSA started working with Veolia in the summer of 2012.</p><p>The initial contract was for at least 12 months, with an option to extend. One of the priorities for the upcoming contract term will likely be finding a permanent director.</p><p>“I think that’s the aim of the board, is at the end of the contract term that by then there would be a new, permanent executive director that’s a direct employ of the PWSA,” said interim Executive Director Jim Good.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:24:39 +0000 Deanna Garcia 14787 at http://wesa.fm PWSA, Veolia Extend Contract; Authority May Have New Director in Next 18 Months Sewer Overflow Plan Would Cost Pittsburgh Customers an Extra $100 a Year http://wesa.fm/post/sewer-overflow-plan-would-cost-pittsburgh-customers-extra-100-year <p>The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday submitted a $165 million plan to meet a 2002 federal mandate to reduce sewage overflows into Pittsburgh waterways.</p><p>“We’ve been working on the plan for a little over 10 years,” said Jim Good, PWSA’s interim executive director. “If you printed it out on paper the plan weighs 29 pounds.”</p><p>Good said the plan is “compliant gray,” but the authority went a step further.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:50:36 +0000 Kevin Gavin 14072 at http://wesa.fm PWSA, Veolia Water Partnership Finds $2 Million in Savings http://wesa.fm/post/pwsa-veolia-water-partnership-finds-2-million-savings <p>Last summer, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority partnered with Veolia Water North America to find ways of improving services and operating more efficiently.<br><br>Nine months in, officials said the executive management services agreement between the two entities has been beneficial. Rob Nicholas, vice president for development with Veolia, said PWSA has been able to find ways to bring in more revenue without raising rates for customers.<br> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:29:46 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7376 at http://wesa.fm PWSA, Veolia Water Partnership Finds $2 Million in Savings Anatomy of a Water Main Break http://wesa.fm/post/anatomy-water-main-break <p>You know it's winter in Pittsburgh when your car is getting beat up by pot-holes, the streets are chalky with salt, and water main breaks proliferate. But what exactly is going on below the&nbsp;pavement?</p><p>Clogged pipes, flooded basements and sheets of ice on roadways are some of the visible signs of water main breaks. But many leaks and breaks go undetected - including sewer line breaks which filter through the soil and along side the pipes for months or&nbsp;years.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:47:30 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 1336 at http://wesa.fm Anatomy of a Water Main Break