PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued precautionary rinsing and cooking recommendations for several neighborhoods in Pittsburgh on Friday after an interruption in the water supply.
The 5,600 affected residents are in the Crafton Heights, Duquesne Heights, Elliott, Mount Washington, Ridgemont, West End and Westwood neighborhoods.
A 16-inch water pipe on Grace Street collapsed around 6:30 a.m. Friday, resulting in low and no water pressure in the affected neighborhoods.
The main break was isolated and pressure was restored around 7:45 a.m. on Friday.
PWSA has issued the precautionary notice due to possible pollutants in the water.
Water buffalo have been placed at 150 Meridan Street, the intersection of Grace Street at Kearsarge Street (Rite Aid parking lot), 725 Ridgemont Street and Hassler Street (Herschel Field parking lot).
PWSA conducts tests to confirm adequate levels of disinfectant and to ensure that the water is safe to consume.
Residents should flush their plumbing and boil the water for at least a minute before using it for drinking or cooking (the minute begins when the water starts bubbling). These include water for brushing teeth, making ice cream, washing raw vegetables, making drinks, and water for pets.
Berg Washington-based Erin Setrit reported that her water is just a little brown.
“We had no water for about a day and a half,” she said.
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