Speaking for a coalition of environmental organizations, faith groups, community-based nonprofits and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority ratepayers, we are deeply concerned about our region’s water quality and want to ensure that the public has maximum control over our water. PWSA must provide clean and affordable water to Pittsburgh residents, and it’s critical that changes be made to the authority to accomplish these goals.

In its Feb. 3 editorial “Foul Waters: The City Cannot Tolerate More PWSA Failure,” the Post-Gazette Editorial Board suggested that Mayor Bill Peduto consider selling the water system to Pennsylvania-American Water Co., a private for-profit corporation. The idea of privatizing PWSA is shortsighted and dangerous, and fails to address PWSA’s problems in context.

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