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PWSA issues precautionary flush and boil water advisory for central and eastern Pittsburgh

December 18, 2017 GMT

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Sunday issued a “precautionary” boil and water advisory for about 7,000 homes in the central and eastern parts of the city.

Communities under the advisory are: Bloomfield, central Lawrenceville, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Morningside

and Shadyside.

Impacted customers should have been notified by PWSA via automated robocalls.

The advisory is related to a water main break earlier in the day at Centre and S. Negley Avenues that caused low and no water pressure for customers in the city’s central and eastern sections, according to a statement from PWSA.


Because contaminants can enter the drinking water when pressure is low, PWSA issued a precautionary advisory while it tests to verify that the water is safe to drink.

The advisory applies to water used for consumption including using water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.

Residents are urged to throw away ice made during Sunday’s advisory because freezing does not kill bacteria.

Residents who do not know if their property has lead water pipes or solder, it is recommended to first flush your lines by running water from your tap for at least one minute before boiling, according to the PWSA advisory.

After boiling the water, residents should let it cool then store in a clean container.

Customers with questions can go to our website homepage at www.pgh2o.com or call 412.255.2423.

A frequently asked questions document for boiling water can be found on the www.pgh2o.com homepage.

Mary Ann Thomas is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4691, mthomas@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MaThomas_Trib.