Horrible. Already people are being driven out of Bloomfield, just like in Lawerenceville and East Liberty, and this will just make it worse. Good plan, Peduto, making the city unaffordable for all the people that got you elected in the first place.
During the PWSA meeting discussed in this article, I had asked questions trying to determine the cause of PWSA changing the water treatment mix. I was not able to get a direct response.
What I was trying to uncover is expressed in the following 2 paragraphs of this article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/12/pittsburgh-water-expensive-rust-colored-corrosive
By 2010, the water agency was struggling with what seemed like an invasion of cancer-causing chemicals called trihalomethanes, formed when salty fracking wastewater came into contact with treated drinking water.
In an effort to reduce brominated trihalomethanes, the PWSA dropped chlorine levels, one of several factors Stanley States, the director of water quality at PWSA until 2014, believes led to increased lead levels.
This leaves me with a question that has 3 parts:
1) Can we get data or information from PWSA - or past PWSA employees - regarding whether fracking contaminants were a factor in the treatment change?
2) Can we get PWSA - or elsewhere - to provide evidence that this change aggravated the leaching lead issue many to most Pittsburghers are faced with today?
3) If (1) and (2) are 'Yes', then will Pittsburgh utilize the 2011 ordinance CHAPTER 619: TOXIC TRESPASS RESULTING FROM UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS DRILLING to obtain enough money from the fracking industry and lessors to pay for the replacement of lead pipes within the city? The Toxic Trespass law is here: http://www.marcellusprotest.org/sites/marcellusprotest.org/files/Pittsburgh%20Toxic%20Trespass%20Ordinance.pdf
Many Pittsburgh homeowners (including myself, my test result came in at 9.63) and business owners will soon have to pay several thousand dollars each for a problem that likely did not exist before the combination of fracking contaminants and Veolia mismanagement aggravated the problem - caused lead pipes to once again leach lead in unsafe quantities. Can we not instead get those reponsible to pay for these changes?
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