The Collaboratory strives to provide the community with educational resources on water related topics. This section contains documents that have been made by members of the Collaboratory to aid in the understanding of water issues that affect the Greater Pittsburgh Region. We will continue to post new Briefings as they are developed.
An Insight into Water Affordability in Allegheny County
To keep up with aging infrastructure and previously deferred maintenance, many of the water and sewer authorities in Allegheny County have been forced to raise utility bills. Rate increases threaten the affordability of water and sewer services for financially vulnerable households. Water and sewer unaffordability is a known barrier to water and sanitation access and implicates other public health, wellbeing, and safety concerns. Water and Sewer Affordability: An Insight into Water Equity in Allegheny County seeks to quantify water and sewer affordability in Allegheny County and theorize possible correlates of unaffordability
Storm Water Utilities and Home Rule
Storm Water Utilities and Home Rule explains how home rule can help create a storm water utility fee that would raise funds for green infrastructure projects and subsequently improve water quality.
Road Inputs Dominate Lake Sediment Chemistry in Pittsburgh
Road Inputs Dominate Lake Sediment Chemistry examines bottom sediments from a pond in Harmar Township for patterns in order to construct a history of heavy metal contamination sources.
Green Infrastructure, Ancient Rivers, and Historical Fill in Pittsburgh
Green Infrastructure, Ancient Rivers, and Historical Fill looks at infiltration trenches in Bartlett Meadow to determine the ability of green infrastructure to divert storm water.
Topography Affects Damage to Urban Structures
The question "How does topography affect damage to urban structures including sewer lines?" is addressed by exploring topography, land cover, and socioeconomic parameters in Pittsburgh.