Press Release

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) appointed members of a newly formed Water Quality Advisory Committee at today’s board meeting to work with the Authority on all water quality initiatives.  The committee will review PWSA’s protocols, testing routines, public education outreach, and advise on how to improve and enhance those efforts.

PWSA Interim Executive Director David Donahoe announced the concept of the new committee at the May 20, 2016, board meeting, along with other important changes for the Authority on water quality and educational outreach.  Some of those changes include conducting mandatory lead testing of 100 prequalified residences in June and December 2016; conducting a corrosion control study with regular reporting to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on the progress of the findings; identifying, documenting, and working with customers on the replacement of lead service lines; working with schools and other institutions on their own testing programs; and working with social service/philanthropic organizations to assist low income customers with service line expenses.

“This committee is an independent group of professional leaders in their field. They will work with PWSA staff to advise us on every aspect of water quality, and the actions they take will greatly enhance PWSA’s outreach protocol,” Donahoe said.


PWSA Water Quality Advisory Committee members include:

John F. Norbut, Jr. - Highmark, Director of Facilities, for all of Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia

Thomas G. Bigley – Director of Plumbing Services, United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters

Jeanne VanBriesen, Ph.D.  P.E. - Duquesne Light Company Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water QUEST), Carnegie Mellon University

John P. Sullivan Jr., P.E. - Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Partha Basu, PhD, FRSC - Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Duquesne University

Michael William Scheer - Compliance Officer and Manager, Allegheny County Health Department

Leonard W. Casson, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE - Associate Professor and Environmental Engineer, University of Pittsburgh

To read the bios of our new Water Quality Advisory Committee Members please follow this link.

  • Published
  • Friday, June 17, 2016

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