Pittsburgh, PA – Today the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) announced its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Infrastructure Week, which will take place from May 14-21, 2018. Across the country, hundreds of businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more will come together to spread the message about why it is #TimeToBuild.
In 2018, PWSA will implement an $88.4 million capital program focusing on investment in infrastructure. This investment includes a $44 million lead line replacement program, constructing new green infrastructure projects to manage stormwater, and upgrading critical components of our water distribution system. We have approved a five-year capital improvement program of $1.1 billion that reflects the level of investment needed to improve and maintain our infrastructure.
Too many Americans are waiting. Waiting for water mains to stop breaking. Waiting for goods to get to grocery shelves on time. Waiting for modern, fast, reliable, and safe infrastructure, while our global competitors are modernizing old systems and building new ones, with profound implications for trade, business competitiveness, and geopolitics. During the 6th annual Infrastructure Week in 2018, the message is: The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.
Infrastructure Week is organized nationally by its Steering Committee, including the nation’s largest business, labor, and thought-leadership organizations, and is joined by more than 300 Affiliates – from the builders/operators to the users of infrastructure – around the country.
“Pittsburgh is a growing city with first-class universities, healthcare, financial institutions, and a growing technology sector. As the city’s population grows, it’s necessary to provide residents and businesses with safe and reliable water, sewer, and stormwater services,” stated PWSA Executive Director, Robert Weimar. “Investing and maintaining in our infrastructure is essential to providing the city of Pittsburgh with the water authority it expects and deserves.”
“We are thrilled that the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is joining Infrastructure Week. The dire state of America’s infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues facing us as a nation, and the benefits of a stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting,” said Zach Schafer, director of Infrastructure Week. “During Infrastructure Week, we bring together the public and private sector to encourage lawmakers to highlight innovation and leadership, think long-term, and invest in infrastructure at the federal, state and local level.”