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Mapping Pittsburgh's Lead Problem

Gurewitsch, Raanan (2016) Mapping Pittsburgh's Lead Problem. Capstone Project, University of Pittsburgh.

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After a shortage of clean drinking water spurred an environmental justice crisis in Flint, MI began in 2014, lead water contamination gained significant public attention in cities throughout the United States. In Pittsburgh, PA, elevated lead levels were found during regulatory compliance testing in 2016, spawning a multi-faceted response from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the City government and local communities. The aims of this community-based, geospatial information system (GIS)-assisted cross-sectional study are threefold: 1) to identify high-risk housing areas, 2) to evaluate whether the distribution of information and resources is equitable and 3) to assess public engagement and education in response to public health concerns regarding lead-contaminated tap water in Pittsburgh. Through geostatistical analyses of housing age and the consideration of a range of stakeholder experiences, this mixed methods public health research study points to specific changes to public policy, pipe inspection protocols and engagement strategies that could improve efforts to prevent lead exposure through tap water.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Capstone Project)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gurewitsch, Raananrsg36@pitt.edursg36
Date: July 2016
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 34
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: BS - Bachelor of Science
Thesis Type: Capstone Project
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 14:33


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