Pittsburgh, PA – Effective immediately, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) received confirmation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that the flush and boil water advisory impacting residents in northern areas of Pittsburgh and Reserve Township is lifted. Customers in these areas are no longer required to boil tap water before consumption.
Flush and Boil Advisory will remain in place for Borough of Millvale. Based upon water quality tests to date, additional verification of water quality in the Borough of Millvale is required to provide the desired assurance that the water quality meets Federal and State Standards. PWSA has sent additional water samples today to its Contract Laboratory to confirm acceptable water quality conditions. It is expected that a final determination of the Flush and Boil Advisory for the Borough of Millvale only will be forthcoming in 24 to 48 hours.
Officials from DEP confirmed that all water system tests for northern areas of Pittsburgh and Reserve Township from Monday through the most recent results this afternoon have shown no trace amounts of bacterial content. All drinking water requirements are currently being achieved, and there is no longer a potential risk to the drinking water supply. PWSA appreciates the cooperation from DEP to ensure that PWSA provides an abundance of caution to meet or exceed all State and Federal water quality standards and goals. .
“PWSA sincerely appreciates the public’s patience and we understand the hardship endured by all during this challenging time. Our main goal at PWSA is, and will always be, providing safe drinking water to our customers,” said PWSA Interim Executive Director Robert Weimar.
“We acknowledge there is much work to do to fix our aging and deteriorating infrastructure to rebuild our water supply and distribution system. With approval of our Capital Budget Proposal by the PWSA Board, we are actively implementing projects as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Weimar.
PWSA thanks Mayor Peduto and his staff, all of the public safety officials, City of Pittsburgh staff, Allegheny County Emergency Services, ACHD, and officials from the Borough of Millvale and Reserve Township for all their support and assistance during our response to this water quality issue. PWSA will work with the DEP and ACHD to address the Borough of Millvale Flush and Boil Advisory as quickly as possible.