PWSA Issues Precautionary Flush and Boil Water Advisory for Streets in Borough of Millvale
Pittsburgh, PA - While repairing a water service line, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) crews closed a water line for an extended period of time on Evergreen Road at approximately 4:30 p.m. today, August 23rd. This caused low and no water pressure on multiple streets in the Borough of Millvale. Pressure was restored to impacted homes by 7:30 p.m.
As a result of the outage, and in an abundance of caution, PWSA is issuing a precautionary flush and boil water advisory to an area of approximately 700 households in the Borough of Millvale. Water buffaloes will be available for affected customers at:
- The Millvale Community Center (near 416 Lincoln Avenue)
- The old Sample Elementary School (820 Evergreen Road)
PWSA is conducting testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and verify that the water is safe to consume. The Authority will notify customers when they no longer are advised to boil their water before consumption.
A searchable map of the impacted area is available here: PWSA Boil Water Area. Any customer who experienced no water service or low pressure in this area today is also encouraged to follow these precautionary measures until further notice. We recognize the inconvenience of having to flush or boil water. However the advisory is issued to ensure the safety of our water and customers.
The advisory applies to water used for consumption. Customers within the impacted area should do the following before using water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice:
Residents who do not know if their property has lead water pipes or solder, it is recommended to first flush your lines by running water from your tap for at least one minute before boiling.
- Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.
- Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.
Boiling kills harmful bacteria in the water that may cause illness. You should throw away ice made during the time the advisory or notice was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.
Flushing water brings in fresh water from the main and boiling fresh water kills any bacteria and other organisms that can enter the water. You can also use bottled water. A frequently asked questions document for boiling water can be found on the www.pgh2o.com homepage.
Impacted customers will be notified by PWSA via automated robocalls. Customers in this service area are being advised to flush their taps and then boil their fresh water to ensure that drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality requirements. The boil water advisory will remain in place until further notice. Customers with questions can go to our website homepage at www.pgh2o.com or call 412.255.2423.
A searchable map is available here - http://arcg.is/0XaWfi. For more information about the precautionary boil water advisory, please visit our website at www.pgh2o.com or call (412) 255.2423.
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.