Flush and Boil Water Advisory Remains in Place
No Evidence of Contamination Found in First Round of Testing
Pittsburgh, PA - Water quality tests collected yesterday in efforts to lift the precautionary flush and boil water advisory in Spring Hill-City View did not detect evidence of contamination. The advisory remains in place while a second round of tests are collected.
Portions of the Spring Hill neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh experienced low and no water pressure beginning at approximately 5 a.m. yesterday, September 6th. The temporary loss of pressure was caused by work performed by PWSA crews to repair a leaking valve and water line on Buente Street. Pressure was restored to impacted customers by 8 a.m. on September 6th.
When there is an extended decrease in pressure from a water outage, there is a chance contaminants may enter the impacted area of the drinking water system. Out of an abundance of caution, PWSA issued a precautionary flush and boil water advisory to a limited area of approximately 900 households for the impacted neighborhoods in the map below.
Before PWSA will lift the precautionary advisory, it must confirm the safety of the water by performing two rounds of daily bacteriological testing. It takes 24-hours to analyze each round of testing. Results from samples taken today are expected to be available tomorrow morning. Customers will be contacted via robocall when the advisory is lifted.
Water buffaloes remain at the following locations for those who cannot boil their water before consumption.
- Pittsburgh Fire Department - Station 32, 900 Spring Garden Avenue
- Pittsburgh Fire Department - Station 38, 198 Essen Street
The advisory applies to water used for consumption. 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.
Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.
Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.
Boiling kills harmful bacteria in the water that may cause illness. You should throw away ice made during the time the advisory or notice was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.
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. The water is safe to use for non-consumption activities like bathing. A frequently asked questions document for boiling water can be found on the www.pgh2o.com homepage.
A searchable map is available online. For more information about the precautionary boil water advisory, please visit our website at www.pgh2o.com or call Customer Service at (412) 255-2423.