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Braddock Water Authority History and how our water came to be.

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AFTER MORE THAN FIVE DECADES OF FINE-TUNING, WE HAVE WHAT YOU SEE TODAY

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

Braddock Water Authority Manager

lrue@braddockwater.com

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James Satterfield

Certified Water Operator

jsatterfield@braddockwater.com

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Olivia Carter

Braddock Water Authority Clerk

ocarter@braddockwater.com

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Dior Overton

Assistant Water Operator

doverton@braddockwater.com

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Board Members

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

 

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