Press Release
PWSA Lifts Precautionary Flush and Boil Water Advisory for Western Neighborhoods
Pittsburgh, PA - The precautionary flush and boil water advisory impacting portions of western neighborhoods in Pittsburgh is no longer in effect. Two rounds of water quality testing did not show any evidence of contamination. The water in the impacted area is now confirmed to be safe to drink. We appreciate our customer's patience as we resolved this unforeseen incident.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) recommends that customers using their water for the first time in several days run their taps for at least one minute before using it for cooking or drinking. This helps remove stagnant water from plumbing and brings in fresh water from water mains.
When the advisory is in place, PWSA must conduct two rounds of testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and verify that the water is safe to drink. After two consecutive rounds of testing show satisfactory results, the precautionary advisory can be lifted. We recognize the inconvenience of having to flush and boil water. However, the advisory was issued in an abundance of caution to ensure our customer's safety.  
Customers are encouraged to take simple precautionary steps to minimize disruptions at home by keeping several days of bottled water on hand and subscribing to our email distribution list for emergency notifications and updates. It takes less than a minute to subscribe at .  To receive robocalls from PWSA, customers should ensure their contact information is up to date by going to " Update Contact Info " on  PWSA's homepage .
The precautionary flush and boil water advisory was triggered when a PennDOT contractor struck PWSA's 16" water main on Shaler Street in Duquesne Heights on Tuesday. The break caused low and no water pressure for approximately 3,800 customers. PWSA contractor crews completed repairs to the water main on Thursday afternoon.
The shaded areas show neighborhoods that were impacted by the flush and boil water advisory. The advisory for the pink shaded area was lifted Friday morning.


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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  • Thursday, March 7, 2019

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