PWSA Returns Portion of the Lanpher Reservoir to Service
Emergency repairs completed on schedule and provides critical additional water storage capacity
(Pittsburgh, PA) The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) completed expedited repairs to the eastern portion of the Lanpher reservoir, returning it to service. Repairs to the eastern portion of the reservoir included patching the cover, and cleaning and disinfecting the basin. The entire reservoir was taken offline on August 28th due to concerns about the condition of the reservoir cover. Repairs were completed on time by PWSA employees and contractors.
Placing the reservoir back into service restores 56 million gallons of water capacity in PWSA’s water distribution system. This additional capacity ensures adequate water service to Pittsburgh’s northern neighborhoods, Reserve Township, and the Borough of Millvale without having to rely on the Highland 2 Reservoir. While these areas did not lose water service during the repairs, restoring the reservoir will restore normal system pressures throughout the system, adds back up supply during pump station outages, and places less reliance on one storage facility during peak daily flows.
“I am pleased that the eastern portion is back in service,” stated Robert Weimar, PWSA Interim Executive Director. “PWSA staff were focused on Getting ”IT” Done! Our entire staff worked as one team, which worked seamlessly with DEP and Allegheny County Health Department staff to ensure it met all regulatory standards prior to restoring the reservoir to service. I appreciate everyone’s efforts to complete the project as soon as possible. I especially want to thank our operations staff for their willingness to learn new reservoir cover repair procedures that we can deploy to reduce dependency on contractors in the future.”
Work continues on the full replacement of the Lanpher Reservoir liner and cover due to significant holes and tears in the cover. Construction on this project is underway and will be completed in 2018.
Significant investment is needed in PWSA’s water infrastructure. The completion of this “urgent reservoir repair” project is a small step to implement a multi-year Capital Improvement Program approved by PWSA’s Board of Directors to invest more than $500 M in infrastructure upgrade projects over the next 4 to 5 years.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is the largest combined water, sewer and stormwater authority in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 consumers throughout the City of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.
Will Pickering, Communications Manager