Press Release
July 17 - July 31

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will perform fire hydrant flushing as part of its regular, annual distribution optimization program to ensure the best water quality for customers. 

Flushing will take place in the neighborhoods and streets on the attached list for approximately two weeks, from July 17 – July 31, 2017.

Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to ensure that adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing also removes sediment from the distribution pipes to maintain water clarity and quality.  Running hydrants will increase water flow through the system. This increase in flow stirs up any minerals and deposits in the pipes and clears them out.

The following tips can assist with customers who experience discolored water during hydrant flushing:


  • Flushing will not interrupt water service; however, it is common to see a drop in water pressure while crews are working in these areas.  If customers notice low pressure after flushing is finished, they are advised to check faucets for trapped particles.
  • Water can become discolored after flushing; however, it is safe to drink. If this happens, run cold water tap for a few minutes until the water is clear. If it is not clear the first time, wait a few minutes and repeat this process.
  • Avoid washing clothes until the water clears. If laundry becomes stained, do not put it in the dryer. Rewash clothes with detergent and a rust removing agent. Rust remover can also remove stained fixtures.
  • Discoloration may linger for a few hours. Discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, but does not affect water quality. There are no health concerns associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing. 


Any customer who needs additional information should call PWSA Emergency Dispatch 24/7 at 412.255.2423



Mott Way

Atmore Street

Melwood Avenue

Ingham Street

Jewel Street

Hodgkiss Street

Flavian Street

Bartold Street

Ruthven Street

Mella Street

Brereton Street

Woodland Avenue

Dobson Street

California Avenue

Pulawski Way

Mullins Street

30th Street

Eckert Street

Paulowna Street

Geyer Avenue

Bigelow Boulevard

Courtright Street

Herron Avenue

Shadeland Avenue

Centre Avenue

Evandale Road

Kirkpatrick Street

Dickson Street

Rose Street

Stayton Street

Elmore Street

Schimmer Street

Wylie Avenue

Smithton Avenue

Webster Avenue

Grand Avenue

Devilliers Street

Hall Street

Bedford Avenue

Woods Run Avenue

Somers Street

Davis Avenue

Junilla Street

Termon Avenue

Elba Street

Antrim Street

Watt Street

Fleming Avenue

Allequippa Street

Gass Street

University Drive


Robinson Street


Denver Street

Camp Street

Parkman Street

Adelaide Street

O’Hara Street

Milwaukee Street

Craig Street

Finland Street

Bayard Street

Ridgeway Street

North Bellefield Avenue

Blessing Street

South Bellefield Avenue

35th Street

Forbes Avenue

Smallman Street

Beeler Street

Juniper Street

Morewood Avenue

Yew Street

Fifth Avenue

Edmond Street

North Neville Street

Cedarville Street

Wallingford Street

Essex Way

Broughton Street

Idaline Street

Amberson Avenue

Pearl Street

Castleman Street

Ella Street

St. James Street

Liberty Avenue

Pembroke Place

Dargan Street

Walnut Street

South Aiken Avenue


Filbert Street


Elmer Street


South Graham Street


Harriet Street


South Atlantic Avenue


South Evaline Street


South Mathilda Street


Gross Street


Powhattan Street


Baum Boulevard



  • Published
  • Monday, July 17, 2017

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