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The Latest: Firm defends work for Pittsburgh water agency

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 4, 2017 8:17 AM
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Workers from a local water service fill the water buffaloes from their tanker at a city fire station in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh where the city made water available for the public on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The city set up over a dozen spots across town to distribute potable water after tests by the state Department of Environmental Protection showed low levels of chlorine in water at a facility that draws water from the city's Highland Park reservoirs, prompting the closure of nearly two dozen schools and a boil-water advisory for 100,000 customers of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Pittsburgh) -- The private company that previously had a management contract with Pittsburgh's water authority is defending its work in the wake of this week's boil-water advisory that affected 100,000 customers.

Veolia's contract ran from mid-2012 through the end of 2015.

The Pittsburgh City Council has called for an investigation of the operations of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority as well as its contract with Veolia.

It wants a probe of issues ranging from overbilling to water quality problems.

A boil-water advisory was issued this week after tests showed some water didn't have enough chlorine to meet state standards. The order was lifted Thursday.

Veolia says the company had nothing to do with that problem.

It also says it had nothing to do with the lead issues being investigated by the state, and that the water authority's chairman has made that clear.

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