Making Riverview Park a Better Place
We were honored as a “2019 Friend of Riverview Park” during Riverview Park Day on September 29. The award was given to us by Friends of Riverview Park for our commitment to improving Riverview Park and collaboration with the community for the design and construction of the Woods Run Stormwater Project. Thanks to Communications Project Manager Rebecca Zito, Engineer III Ana Flores, Engineering Consultant Tom Batroney, and the rest of the Stormwater Team for all their hard work to make Riverview Park a better place for stormwater management and the community!
PWSA is Weather-Ready
Earlier this month, Acting Group Manager of Production George Watson received news that we were the 10,000th Ambassador to sign up for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative, which is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.
Executive Director Robert A. Weimar said, “as the intensity and frequency of storms increase throughout Pittsburgh, it is more important than ever to create partnerships and provide residents with information to make sound weather safety decisions. We are excited about this opportunity to build a Weather-Ready Nation and will work with our partners in Pittsburgh to create a climate-resilient community.” Make sure you follow us on Twitter @pgh2o to stay up to speed with our progress as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
Innovation in Construction
This month, PWSA received the e-Builder 2019 Innovators in Construction Award. This award recognizes organizations that demonstrate excellence in using technology to efficiently drive substantial building projects, ultimately freeing up resources that can be reinvested in the community. We use e-Builder, a cloud-based construction Program Management Information Solution (PMIS), to successfully implement our Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which focuses on sustaining cost-effective operations while optimizing our system’s asset performance and life expectancy. Through the efficiencies afforded to us by e-Builder, we’ve been able to replace more lead service lines than expected, ensure that our vendors and contractors are paid in a timely manner, and increase organization-wide access to a variety of important metrics. Kudos to everyone here at PWSA who helped make this possible!
Telling Our Stormwater Story: Bloomfield-Garfield Residents Ask How They Can Help
On October 15th, representatives from our Stormwater Division participated in the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation’s State of the Neighborhood Meeting. We spoke to residents about our stormwater management approach, completed and potential stormwater projects in the area, residential flood protection methods, and ways in which Pittsburghers can help improve stormwater issues in their community.
The Hillcrest Stormwater project, completed in 2018, is helping to reduce stormwater runoff in the Garfield neighborhood. Residents are interested in seeing more green infrastructure in their community and are curious about how they can help manage stormwater on their own properties.
The Civic Leadership Academy Visits the Water Treatment Plant
The CLA is an 11-week course giving city residents an opportunity to learn about their local government.
This unique program was created to foster informed, effective, and inspired community leadership. It is taught by leaders and employees of city government and authorities to share what services, operations, and resources the City provides in and for our communities; including tours, hands-on demonstrations, and informational activities that give participants an insider view of how the City of Pittsburgh operates.
Executive Director Robert A. Weimar presented information on operations, finance, capital projects, and new programs and imporvements at the Authority. Participants also received a tour of the treatment plant and demonstrations of CCTV sewer inspections.
For more information on how to apply, visit the City’s website at https://pittsburghpa.gov/oca/cla