WESA – The settlement resolves criminal charges from February 2019, when Attorney General Josh Shapiro charged PWSA with more than 150 criminal counts for failing to provide customers with enough notice about lead line replacements and not providing post-construction test kits to all customers. As part of the settlement, PWSA has agreed to a two-year probationary period and an independent monitor. The water authority will also provide $500,000 to local lead-reduction programs, split between nonprofit Women for a Healthy Environment and Allegheny County’s Safe and Healthy Homes program.
PWSA executive director Will Pickering told WESA, “We recognize the missteps of the past and we are happy to close this chapter in our history. My priority at PWSA is to focus on public health and the well-being of our customers.”