4 thoughts on “Who should be responsible for replacing Pittsburgh’s lead water pipes?

  1. i wonder if thats whats reading 173 ppbs in my sink water..the city lead test claims i had 0 detectable lead in my water..
    my firemen tested with a kit from zero water thats reading 173 pps of “sold matter” they told me its lead chromium or mercury but i wasnt aware that we had a chromium 6 problem..

  2. i thought that same thing myself..since this is a nationwide health risk the federal government should get involved giving alot more grants to low income homeowners because I cant begin to afford a loan payment to fix my water lines and im reading 173 ppbs on my kitchen sink..ive been using the free filter pitchers & im not a Peduto fan but thats a good thing he did for the people of our city like me that own homes but cannot in any way afford $6000 to replace my water lines to my home.

    this article said theres some small grants available now but only enough to fix the lines on 5 homes a year..thats not enough
    they poisoned our water & now they expect us all to come up with thousands of dollars each to FIX it ..

  3. The State of Emergency idea is interesting. Wanted to add that I had a number of reasons for feeling justified in wanting a check from PWSA that didn’t show up in the article. I think that PWSA has been incompetent but also negligent, for decades. If they haven’t been testing as required for decades (50 high risk households), then we can’t trust the data and may have been drinking leaded water for much longer than a few years. They made a reckless and damaging decision in hiring Veolia. They changed corrosion control without proper permission. They just ran out of lime and did it again. Their metering and billing has huge problems. Their water testing kit process and partial line replacement program have been problematic. I also talked about needing the expensive filter bc of other issues with PWSA water, e.g. Chromium 6.

  4. Research and surveys have shown that the problem of lead piping is a nation wide high level health hazard. Current federal law and the patchwork of state and local legislation and ordinances governing ownership of and responsibility for pipes at various points in the water delivery systems of various municipalities are crafted to protect government operated water departments and Water Authorities, and privately owned Water companies from the cost of having to replace old, long past their useful life expectancy infrastructure including pipes, and specifically lead piping that is causing contamination of our water supply.

    Since the problem is nation in scope, a federal national State of Emergency should be declared which would give the federal government the power to mandate that all lead pipes delivering water to single family homes, multiple unit dwellings, schools, hospitals, and buildings used as assembly points by the general public (arenas, theaters, museums, and other similar structures) must be replaced by a certain date. An emergency order could over ride all of the hundreds of state and local laws governing action in this area including those that assign financial responsibility for the cost of replacing lead pipes with new, health neutral steel, clay or other type of pipping. A federal order issued under a State of Emergency could also redirect huge sums of federal money, perhaps money already appropriated for infrastructure projects and/or money newly appropriates specifically for this purpose and channel it to the cities and towns that require federal subsidies to undertake their lead pipe remediation projects.