Highland Park Orthophosphate Project

Completed Water

In April 2019, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority began adding orthophosphate to reduce lead levels in drinking water. Orthophosphate is a food-grade additive that forms a protective barrier between lead pipes and the water flowing through them. Two of the four distribution points for orthophosphate are in Highland Park.

Progress & Status

100%
Complete

In April 2019, we completed the construction of two small buildings in the vicinity of the Highland Park Membrane Filtration Plant (MFP) along Reservoir Drive. These buildings store and distribute orthophosphate to our drinking water. Orthophosphate is a food-grade additive to reduce lead levels in the water. When water with orthophosphate runs through the system, it creates a coating on the inside of lead service lines and establishes a barrier between the lead pipes and the water we drink. 

FAQ: Orthophosphate What You Need to Know

Infographic: Water Distribution System See the points where orthophosphate is added throughout our water distribution system. 

Learn more about orthophosphate

Locations & Schedule

Location Details:
Both facilities are along Reservoir Drive in Highland Park

Start Date: February 2019

Completion Date: April 2019

Map showing the general location of both orthophosphate facilities in Highland Park

Reservoir Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
United States

Project Contacts

If you have questions, please contact the Project Manager

Project Manager :
Brad McShane
412-255-8800 ext 2504
bmcshane@pgh2o.com

If you have questions, please contact Public Affairs

Communications Project Manager :
Rebecca Zito
412-676-6684
rzito@pgh2o.com