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 read our informational brochure on the lead test results: PWSA lead info brochure
- PWSA IMPLEMENTS IMPROVED PROCESS AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR LEAD TESTING (Press Release)
- December 2016 Lead FAQ
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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority 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.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, here are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in your water:
- Run your water for 15-30 seconds or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature to flush out lead.
- Use cold water for cooking, drinking and preparing baby formula.
- Do not boil water to remove lead.
- Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.
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
2016 PADEP Administrative Order
- PWSA's Public Notice on DEP Administrative Order
- DEP's press release on the Administrative Order
- DEP's Administrative Order,
- PWSA’s Statement
- PWSA's Press Release on the 2016 Lead Test Results