The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes in our community. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read the following notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and to learn what PWSA is doing to address this problem.
To see PWSA's FAQ on lead in drinking water, click here.
To see PWSA's 2018 lead brochure, click here.
For more information on lead service line replacement, click here.
Lead Media Releases
PWSA Releases December 2017 Lead Compliance Results - January 22, 2018
PWSA Releases June 2017 Lead Compliance Results - July 2017
PWSA Launches Online Water Service Line Map - June 2017
PWSA Releases December 2016 Lead Compliance Test Results - January 2017
PWSA Continues efforts to reduce lead – November 2016
PWSA Implements Improved communications for lead testing – September 19, 2016
PWSA Updated Lead Outreach Press Release – September 9, 2016
Press Releases on the 2016 Lead Test Results – July 2016
30-Second PSA Transcript:
The PWSA found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children age 6 and younger.
Lead is a common metal found in the environment and can get into drinking water through corrosion in older lead service lines—which connect homes to water mains—as well as lead piping or fixtures inside the home.
For information about free lead testing and how to protect your family from lead in drinking water, please call PWSA at 412-255-2423 or visit pgh2o.com/lead-facts.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, here are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in your water:
- Run your water to flush out lead.
- If you haven’t used your water for several hours, run your cold tap for one minute before using for cooking or drinking. Homes with longer lead water service lines may require flushing for a longer period of time. Using toilets, washing clothes, showering, or doing dishes before you drink from your tap are all ways that you can flush your service line without wasting water.
- Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
- Lead dissolves more easily in hot water. Do not drink, cook with, or make baby formula using hot water.
- Do not boil water to remove lead.
- Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.
- Purchase an NSF water filter that is certified to remove lead. Customers can also choose to drink bottled water.
- Talk to your doctor about testing your child.
- If you think your child may have been exposed to lead, talk to you doctor about testing your child. Remember that Allegheny County requires all children to be tested for lead exposure at approximately 9-12 months, and again at 24 months. If you had your child tested recently, retesting should be discussed with your doctor.
- DEP-PWSA Public Notice - 1/22/18 Public Notice
- DEP-PWSA Public Notice - 2/6/17 Public Notice
- DEP-PWSA Public Notice - 7/25/16 Public Notice
For More Information on lead and drinking water safety:
U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline - www.epa.gov/lead
Centers for Disease Control - www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm
Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) - www.achd.net/lead
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) - http://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/My-Water/PublicDrinkingWater/Pages/Lead-in-drinking-water.aspx
Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) is distributing water pitchers and filters that are certified to remove lead from tap water, and hosting community workshops to discuss lead exposure. Priority for filters is given to pregnant women and households with young children. WomenForAHealthyEnvironment.org