Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement From Mayor William Peduto On Department of Environmental Protection Administrative Order

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 25, 2016) – Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement regarding the Department of Environmental Protection’s administrative order today:

“We take the safety and health of our citizens seriously and have been working in collaboration with DEP and PWSA to make sure that our water continues to be among the highest quality and safety.

This order is being issued related to a procedural violation that was made by PWSA’s former management firm, Veolia Inc. It has been reported to us that Veolia Inc. did not inform DEP of a change in corrosion control methods in 2014. In addition, the board of PWSA was not notified of the change, neither was the City of Pittsburgh.

We have since removed Veolia Inc. from its management of PWSA, related to other issues. PWSA has also changed its corrosion control methods back to those that were originally permitted by DEP. 

We will also make sure that any future changes to water treatment are not only appropriately vetted by DEP, but that the public is kept fully informed.”

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