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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: PWSA’s Water Treatment Facility

Join GBA for a tour of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s water treatment facility.


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Ever wonder what it takes to transport water from Pittsburgh’s rivers and into your kitchen sink? Curious about how much energy is required to distribute and treat Pittsburgh’s water supply? Find out on a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility along the Allegheny River. You’ll get to see PWSA’s historic building exterior full of modern filtration equipment and testing facilities, its unique mosaic map of Pittsburgh, and an on-site demonstration rain garden. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, will lead our tour, and GBA will provide the bagels and coffee.


1. Understand Pittsburgh’s demand for water and PWSA’s distribution plan.

2. Discuss the process of treating water from the Allegheny River into potable water and historical developments in water treatment.

3. Explore PWSA’s water testing requirements and common pollutants found in local water sources before treatment.

4. Summarize the need for stormwater management in Pittsburgh and the benefits of green infrastructure, including rain gardens.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Pittsburgh 2030 District: 2014 Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2014 growth was in both scale and scope, presenting far greater opportunities for impact reduction. The goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District is to reach 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. As one of eleven established 2030 Districts in North America, Pittsburgh is also piloting […]

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The Numbers Are In: Pittsburgh 2030 District Building Performance Revealed

County Executive, Mayor, and Green Building Alliance Announce Significant Strides Towards Aggressive Energy and Water Efficiency Goals April 29, 2015 – Nearly 200 people gathered at PPG Place’s Wintergarden on April 29 to hear the results of the 2014 Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report. As they waited for the details, they wondered: How will we know […]

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PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh host Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series

Join PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series to be held on the mornings of March 26, April 30 and May 14.  The first workshop will be a panel discussion of various professionals who will describe numerous local projects and lessons learned for future development of green […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Releases Water Baseline Report

In order to measure the Pittsburgh 2030 District‘s success in reaching its 50% reduction goals, baselines must first be determined for each reduction category. Whereas energy reduction is measured against a national median average, there is no national average baseline for existing building water consumption by building type.  Thus, a local historic water baseline was […]

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PWSA Approves Green Infrastructure Grant Program

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) board approved a resolution to establish a Green Infrastructure Grant Program, which will incentivize private property owners and community organizations to implement projects that manage stormwater with green infrastructure (GI). The Green Infrastructure Grant Program aligns with PWSA’s Wet Weather Feasibility Study to fund projects […]

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