PRESS RELEASE - Welch reacts to PWSA flush and boil water advisory


Friends of John C. Welch

John C. Welch reacts to PWSA flush and boil water advisory

PITTSBURGH, February 2, 2017 – While the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) has lifted the flush and boil water advisory it had put into place this week, the lead problem in our city still needs to be addressed. This issue was overshadowed by the bacterial contamination which forced schools and some businesses to close. We were under a boil water advisory; however, residents in Flint were told long after the lead detection that boiling lead contaminated water increases the contamination levels. It was reported here in Pittsburgh late last year, by a Virginia Tech researcher, that the lead levels in Pittsburgh were "comparable to those in Flint." In an August 26, 2016 article in the Post-Gazette, it was reported that while much attention since the Flint crisis has been focused on elevated levels of lead in our water in Pittsburgh, "elevated lead-levels in the soil of specific neighborhoods, such as Homewood, indicate how economically, politically and culturally marginalized communities bear a disproportionate amount of the environmental hazards that we face as a city." Agencies such as the Allegheny County Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection, which hold the task of making sure health standards are maintained, should be adequately funded. With the budget challenges of the state, public health in this region may become untenable. Legislators and all other elected officials need to make public health a primary concern and do what is right for the common good.

"When I visited Flint, Michigan last year, what I heard from residents, service providers and health department officials was astounding," said Rev. Welch. "We need to continue tracking and reporting on how poverty stricken communities are affected by public health threats. We can not let this city move from the twice questionable position of "America's Most Livable," to America's most deadly for the poor and marginalized, which is slowly becoming more appropriate."

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