Precautionary boil water advisory issued for parts of several Pittsburgh neighborhoods
A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for parts of several Pittsburgh neighborhoods after a major water main break in Shadyside Sunday.
The water main break at Centre and South Negley Avenues caused low and no water pressure for residents of the central and eastern parts of Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory to a limited area because a decrease in pressure can allow contaminants to enter the drinking water.
PWSA is conducting testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and ensure that the water is safe to drink.
A searchable map of the impacted areas is available here: PWSA Boil Water Area.
Any resident who experienced no water service today is also encouraged to follow these measures.
Customers within the impacted area should do the following before using water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice: 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.
Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.
Residents should throw away ice made during the time the advisory was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.
A frequently asked questions document for boiling water can be found on the www.pgh2o.com homepage.