• Group urging PWSA to stop water shut-offs until assistance program in place

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    PITTSBURGH - Activists are calling on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority to stop shutting off the water at people's homes until an assistance program is in place.  

    Members of Our Water Campaign will take their concerns to the PWSA board meeting Thursday. 

    At last month’s meeting, officials agreed to form a sub-committee to consider creating a program to help with bills and possibly stop temporary shutoffs for people who get behind.


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    PWSA officials said the second part might be more difficult financially, as the PWSA pays to replace lead service lines. 

    Members of Our Water Campaign said shutoffs cause more lead in families' drinking water since the water is left sitting in the pipes.

    A PWSA spokesman Channel 11 they try to work with customers and treat shut-offs as a last resort.


     

     

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