Press Release
PWSA Nears Phase I Completion of Smallman Water and Sewer Project
Authority to begin second phase sewer improvement work in historic Strip District

Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is on track to complete a $12 million, seven-month water and sewer reconstruction project on Smallman Street in the Strip District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Beginning in June, PWSA set out to replace 3,650-feet of 36-inch and 12-inch water lines and 4,000-feet of storm and sanitary sewer lines between 16th and 21st Streets. This is the largest combined water and sewer project in the Authority’s history.


The Authority is happy to announce that the project is on-schedule and on-budget thanks to the hard-working project management team and its contractors. To date, 95% of the 36-inch water main and 80% of the 12-inch water main have been put in place. Construction crews have worked 24/7 when needed to ensure the water lines, which sit close to the businesses on Smallman Street, would be completed as quickly as possible. 



“The pipes that existed under Smallman Street were over 100-years old. This was the ideal time to make these water and sewer infrastructure improvements. With planned street reconstruction slated for 2019 by the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, it made sense to open the street now so that we don’t have to come back to make emergency water repairs in the near future,” said PWSA Executive Director Robert A. Weimar.


"PWSA attributes the success thus far to our PWSA construction manager working effectively with our private sector engineering and construction partners," he said.


A project of this size does not come without disruptions, and the PWSA project management team has worked closely with businesses and property owners on Smallman Street to ensure that they are prepared for the work and can reach out and receive answers to their questions easily.


“We wanted to the merchants of the Strip know that we are here to work collaboratively with them to make this process as painless as possible. We know it has not been easy, but we thank them for showing up to our meetings since the springtime and working with us. Without their valuable input, we would not have been nearly as successful,” continued Weimar.



The next phase of the Smallman Street Water and Sewer Reconstruction Project is to replace the 4,000-feet of sewers running on the northern side of Smallman Street, closest to the Produce Terminal Building. This work will separate the sewer running on Smallman from a combined sewer to designated storm and sanitary sewers, some of which were running underneath existing structures on Smallman Street. This upgrade helps PWSA to meet state and federal regulations to reduce combined sewer overflows during heavy rain events.


This Smallman Street Reconstruction Project is part of PWSA’s larger Capital Improvement Program, which aims to deliver $75 million in water and sewer improvements in 2018. To see other water, sewer, and stormwater project updates, visit



About PWSA

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.

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  • Friday, August 17, 2018

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