Press Release
May 29 - June 2, 2017


May 29 – June 2, 2017

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) will perform fire hydrant flushing as part of its regular, annual distribution optimization program to ensure the best water quality for customers. 

Flushing will take place in the neighborhoods and streets on the attached list for two weeks, from May 29 – June 2, 2017.

Hydrant flushing is necessary to test the hydrants to ensure that adequate flow and pressure is available. Flushing also removes sediment from the distribution pipes to maintain water clarity and quality.  Running hydrants will increase water flow through the system. This increase in flow stirs up any minerals and deposits in the pipes and clears them out.

The following tips can assist with customers who experience discolored water during hydrant flushing:

  • Flushing will not interrupt water service; however, it is common to see a drop in water pressure while crews are working in these areas.  If customers notice low pressure after flushing is finished, they are advised to check faucets for trapped particles.
  • Water can become discolored after flushing; however, it is safe to drink. If this happens, run cold water tap for a few minutes until the water is clear. If it is not clear the first time, wait a few minutes and repeat this process.
  • Avoid washing clothes until the water clears. If laundry becomes stained, do not put it in the dryer. Rewash clothes with detergent and a rust removing agent. Rust remover can also remove stained fixtures.
  • Discoloration may linger for a few hours. Discoloration only affects the appearance of the water, but does not affect water quality. There are no health concerns associated with discolored water from hydrant flushing. 

Any customer who needs additional information should call PWSA Emergency Dispatch 24/7 at 412.255.2423




Washington Boulevard

Santiago Street

Penn Avenue

Amos Way

North Linden Avenue

Franklin Road

Fifth Avenue

Perrysville Avenue

Beechwood Boulevard

Hemphill Street

Thomas Boulevard

Richey Street

Simonton Street

Riverview Avenue

Hamilton Avenue

Observatory Road

East Liberty Boulevard

Grizella Street

Putnam Street

Waldorf Street

Frankstown Avenue

Bonvue Street

Broad Street

Baytree Street

Enright Court

Evergreen Road

Lincoln Avenue

East Street

Meadow Street

Gould Avenue

Paulson Avenue

Venture Street

Carver Street

Semicir Street

Lenora Street

Mairdale Street

Orphan Street

Hewitt Street

Shetland Street

Woods Run Avenue

Thompson Street

Portman Street

Renfrew Street

Perryview Avenue

Vanilla Way

Bascom Avenue

La Schall Street

Glenside Street

North Lang Avenue

Montview Place

Collier Street

Arendell Street

Kelly Street

Oakdale Street

Forest Way

Dornestic Street

North Murland Street

Wabana Street

Hermitage Street

Festoria Street

Mount Vernon Street

Flora Street

Sterrett Street

Benton Avenue

Chaucer Street

Lapish Road

Deary Street

West Point Avenue

Montezuma Street

Harvard Circle

Larimer Avenue

Brighton Woods Road

Clifford Street

Haller Street

Brainard Street

Rodenbaugh Street

Olivant Street

Adna Street

Joshua Street

Cleveland Avenue

Lemington Avenue

Morefield Avenue

Luzzo Court

Ivory Avenue

Wiltsie Street

Van Buren Street

Wardsons Street

Montville Street

Campania Street


Gopher Street


Broadhead Street


Somerset Street


Westmoreland Street


Grotto Street


Mingo Street


Oberlin Street


Joplin Street


Stranahan Street


Apple Street







  • Published
  • Friday, May 26, 2017

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