How the Braddock Water Authority got started

One constant inquiry we have received has been "Why do we have some customers who reside in Braddock but are served by another water company? In response to this the following is a history of the Braddock Water Authority.

The first public water system in Braddock was constructed between 1867 and 1895. This system served all of Braddock except the area above Mills Avenue which was served by the Pennsylvania Water Company since that area was not a part of the borough at that time. In 1893 this area was annexed into the borough.

After the annexation, the borough installed larger waterlines in the new streets for fire protection. Homes built before the annexation remains connected to the Penna. Water System which became the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority in 1944. Homes built after 1893 were connected to the Braddock Borough system

Prior to 1974 the borough supplied its water from a purification plant along the river at the foot of Eighth Street. In 1972 the borough water department was faced with several problems including poor water quality coming from the Eighth St. plant, an open reservoir subject to airborne pollution, and poor pressure in the former "Fourth Ward" area. That same year borough council formed the Braddock Water Authority to finance a connection to the Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint system for the supply of water, and a rubber cover for the reservoir. Also in 1974 the Authority began replacing water!ine:i; crn a small scale as funds permitted culmination in 1990 with a $4.7 Million project to complete the replacement of all waterlines and build a new storage tank.

Our Team

Lori Rue

Water Authority Manager

Joining the Braddock Water Authority in 2018.  A graduate of Community College of Allegheny County and Geneva College, she has degrees and experience in business management, project development, organizational leadership and management, human resource management, fund development and grant writing.  She has worked for Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the United Way of Allegheny County, and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

James Satterfield

Certified Water Operator


Has been with the Braddock Water Authority since 2016.  in addition to his technical experience, he is a certified Water Systems Operator certified by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.  He is a graduate of Ringhold Area High School and the Thaddeus Stevens State School of Technology, where he concentrated in Sheet Metal Fabrication/Plumbing.  He has worked for Shenango, Inc, Mizak Plumbing, and USX.

Devone Ford

Braddock Water Authority Clerk

Joined 2019

Dior Overton

Assistant Water Operator


Joined the Braddock Water Authority in 2018.  He recently graduated from Woodland Hills and Forbes Road Career and Technical Center, where he concentrated in Electrical Engineering.  Prior to joining the Braddock Water Authority, he served as an intern during his senior year of high school for the Braddock Borough and worked as part of the maintenance crew during the summer.  He also works part time for his family's construction business.

Tyler Butler

Braddock Water Authority Consultant


Board Members

TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: John Jakiela, Tina Doose, James Kidd (Treasurer)

BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Gloria Harrison, Deborah Brown (Chair)

The Board of Directors of the Braddock Water Authority recognizes its responsibility to meet the demands of the public trust and confidence in providing the best service possible to our community.

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