PWSA Receives Praise For Improvements

City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb says PUC oversight brought a new focus to the PWSA

Shelby Cassesse
October 11, 2018 - 3:58 pm
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Shelby Cassesse

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb praised the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) for changes made since being under the oversight of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

The PWSA filed a Compliance Plan with the PUC, outlining how it will attain full regulatory compliance.

Lamb said the improvements have been substantial.

"(PUC's) oversight has brought a new focus to finance and customer service and to long-term planning, and it's forced the PWSA to set ambitious, but achievable goals."

The PWSA has been the victim of scrutiny in recent years, after several audits uncovered major problems within the authority, which was exacerbated by a frequent turnover in management.

Lamb says for the first time, he is seeing action from the authority.

"For most of the ten years that I've been here, PWSA has talked a lot about the things they need to do, and this document's the first time that I've actually seen them talking about things they're actually doing. It's the action that's taking place. It's not just the talk."

Upon suggestions to privatize the authority, Lamb believes it would be "misguided and premature," saying doing so would slow improvements already made.