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.
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Nayyirah Shariff, the director of the community organization Flint Rising, is the keynoter for a town hall meeting Tuesday evening titled “Not Another Flint,” hosted by the Our Water Campaign, a coalition of eight environmental groups formed to promote a safe, affordable, publicly controlled water supply in Pittsburgh.
Activists press Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to oppose any privatization of its public assets
Some activist groups and residents of neighborhoods affected by Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority problems are urging the PWSA board to oppose any fix for water authority problems that would involve privatizating the water system.
At the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board meeting earlier today, there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. While many were there to simply witness the board proceedings in light of recent high-profile incidents, including reports of high lead levels, nearly a dozen called on the board to improve the city’s water quality.
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.