PWSA Hosts Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
State and Federal Agencies Conduct Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of Drinking Water Treatment Plant
Pittsburgh, PA — This week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will conduct a Comprehensive Performance Evaluation of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s (PWSA) drinking water operations. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify areas of improvement at PWSA’s Aspinwall Water Treatment Plant to ensure system optimization, regulatory compliance, and protect public health. Experts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will also participate in the review.
The multiple-day evaluation will include a thorough review of the water treatment plant and laboratory. Specifically, the review will include an assessment of standard operating procedures, maintenance protocols, and operator proficiency. After the on-site evaluation, DEP and EPA will produce a report that will include an assessment of the current state of performance, an evaluation of all existing major processes, a description of performance limiting factors, and potential follow-up activities.
PWSA Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar said, “It’s clear that PWSA must improve the systems and procedures used at our laboratory and water treatment plant. This technical assessment from our regulators will provide a roadmap for improvement that will ultimately result in higher quality and more reliable drinking water for our customers.”
The comprehensive evaluation is one of several initiatives underway at PWSA that will produce feedback from external experts to inform and improve the Authority’s operations. Additional recommendations are expected from Pennsylvania’s Auditor General and the consultant firm Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) by the end of the year. The final report from DEP and EPA is expected in November 2017.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water and sewer authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Our over 250 employees are city residents and are committed to enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life by delivering high quality water.