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Advisory Firm on Restructuring PWSA to Hold 2nd Session Next Week

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 5, 2017) Representatives from Infrastructure Management Group Inc., which is studying possible ways to restructure the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, will hold its second session with a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts next Tuesday. 

An introductory session was held August 28. Like that session, next week's event will be open to the public, and held in Pittsburgh City Council Chambers at 3 p.m. 

The agenda for the September 12 session is as follows: 

  1. Preliminary report from the IMG legal review team, including an initial assessment of the legal issues surrounding each of the PWSA restructuring options. 

  1. Preliminary report from the IMG financial review team, including an initial assessment of PWSA’s financial condition and its internal controls. 

  1. Report on continuing community outreach efforts.  (A public forum on PWSA matters and IMG's work is tentatively scheduled for the first week of October. More information will be available at a later time.) UPDATE: A website to follow IMG's ongoing work and to get backup information has been launched at pwsablueribbon.org/.

  1. Presentation by Daniel Evans, President of the Board of Trustees of Citizens Energy Group.  Citizens Energy is a non-profit charitable trust founded more than 100 years ago to own and operate Indianapolis’s gas works. In 2011, Indianapolis transferred its water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy.  Prior to 2011, the city’s water and sewer system was owned by the City of Indianapolis and operated by two large international water companies. 

  1. Presentation by Lauren Brookey, member of the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA).  Ms. Brookey is also chairwoman of TMUA’s 4-year Utility Enterprise Initiative (UEI), which has transformed Tulsa into a Best-In-Class water and sewer utility through advanced management technology, organizational restructuring and business process reform enacted through a contractual arrangement between the TMUA and the City of Tulsa. She will be joined by Eric Lee, director of finance and staff manager of the UEI. 

IMG will hold another session November 8 to give the Panel its final recommendations for restructuring PWSA. 

After that session it is expected more public input will be taken on the recommendations, and they will be taken to the PWSA board, the Peduto administration and City Council for consideration.

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Published

09.05.2017

Contacts

Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor
412-660-1999
timothy.mcnulty@pittsburghpa.gov