PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s being characterized as a new partnership to supply drinking water to some 111,000 customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 4,178 New Coronavirus Cases, 142 Additional Deaths
Peoples Natural Gas began campaigning for a joint venture in early July. The proposal requires public hearings before Pittsburgh City Council takes the plan into consideration.
Several residents and activists spoke at a public meeting in Council chambers Wednesday night.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports Death Of COVID-19 Patient In Their 20s, 408 New Cases
Many worry that any level of privatization would lead to less control, and, eventually, higher rates.
Peoples, earlier, had revealed plans for a $350 million water treatment facility along the Allegheny River in O’Hara Township. The company promising a state-of-the-art plant that would supply cleaner water.
There’s also talk of a three-year rate freeze.MORE NEWS: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
Critics argue oversight by any private company would put profits over the public interest.