Pittsburgh, PA – Effective immediately, the precautionary flush and boil water advisory impacting residents in sections of central and eastern Pittsburgh has been lifted. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) received confirmation from two rounds of water quality testing that the water in these areas is safe to drink.
Customers in these areas are no longer required to boil tap water before consumption. PWSA recommends that customers using their water for the first time in several days run their taps for at least one minute before using it for cooking or drinking. This helps remove stagnant water from plumbing and brings in fresh water from water mains.
The precautionary flush and boil water advisory was triggered after a large water main break on Centre and S. Negley Avenues caused water pressures to drop for several hours in certain neighborhoods on the morning of Sunday December 17, 2017. The advisory impacted residents in the Bloomfield, Central Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Morningside, and Shadyside neighborhoods.
Testing has demonstrated that all drinking water requirements are being met, and there is no longer a potential risk to the drinking water supply. PWSA appreciates the cooperation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to ensure that PWSA provides an abundance of caution and meets all State and Federal water quality standards. In addition, PWSA thanks Mayor William Peduto, his staff, City and County public safety officials, and the Allegheny County Health Department for their support and assistance during our response to this event.
“PWSA sincerely appreciates the public’s patience and we understand the hardship endured by all during this challenging event. Our priority at PWSA is, and will always be, providing safe drinking water to our customers,” said PWSA Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar.
“We acknowledge that there is much work to do to fix our aging and deteriorating infrastructure,” Weimar stated. “Our focus is to make the needed improvements and expedite the process to rebuild our network of pipes and the water distribution system. After decades of neglect, we’re beginning to put in place the financial and human resources to renew our systems as efficiently and as effectively as possible.”
Renewing our aging water infrastructure will take time, and water main breaks of varying severity will continue through the winter. Customers are encouraged to take simple precautionary steps to minimize disruptions at home by keeping several days of bottled water on hand and subscribing to our email distribution list for emergency notifications and updates. It takes less than a minute to subscribe at www.pgh2o.com/subscribe.