PWSA boil water advisory extended for 18,000 homes, multiple schools

PITTSBURGH – Strong words from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto about a boil advisory that’s impacting more than 20,000 Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers.
Peduto told the press Tuesday this will likely happen again.
The temporary advisory is due to deficiencies in the cover of the Lanpher reservoir that could compromise water quality.
“Once we get two consecutive samples with no detection of coliform, then we will get the order lifted.” PWSA is coordinating with the Pennsylvania Department of Environment to ensure that all regulatory requirements for disinfection continue to be met.
Flushes will also be conducted throughout the impacted area to eliminate potentially compromised water.
PWSA estimates the precautionary flush and boil water advisory affects about 18,000 homes in its service area.
Customers within the impacted area should do the following before using water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice: Customers in this service area are being advised to flush their taps and then boil their fresh water to ensure that drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality requirements.
Flushing water brings in fresh water from the main and boiling fresh water kills any bacteria and other organisms that can enter the water.
You can also use bottled water.
Impacted customers will be notified by PWSA through automated robocalls.The boil water advisory will remain in place until further notice.

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