Pittsburgh, PA - The precautionary boil water advisory impacting portions of four western neighborhoods is no longer in effect.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 safe to drink.
Customers in the affected area are no longer advised to boil tap water before consumption. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) recommends that customers using their water for the first time in two 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.
A break on a section of an 8-inch water main on Steuben Street at approximately 8:15 p.m. on September 22nd caused low and no water pressure in portions of Elliott, Westwood, Ridgemont, and Crafton Heights.
When an advisory is in place, PWSA must conduct two rounds of testing within a 48-hour period 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 boil water. However, the advisory was issued in an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our water and customers.
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 www.pgh2o.com/subscribe.