The February 2017 HPCC Newsletter is available!
From HPCC President Jake Pawlak:
Pittsburgh, PA – Effective immediately, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) lifted the flush and boil water advisory impacting approximately 100,000 residents in the City of Pittsburgh. Customers no are longer are required to boil tap water before consumption.
Officials from PWSA, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) met this morning to discuss water quality data related to the flush and boil water advisory. Officials from DEP confirmed that all drinking water requirements are currently being achieved, and there is no longer a potential risk to the drinking water supply.
“PWSA sincerely appreciates the public’s patience and apologizes for the massive inconvenience that resulted from the precautionary flush and boil water advisory,” said PWSA Interim Executive Director Bernard R. Lindstrom. “We realize this incident created hardships for residents of the city, but know that our main goal at PWSA is, and will continue to be, providing safe drinking water to our customers.”
Late Wednesday night, PWSA provided the DEP with the required documentation and data to prove that the Authority achieved compliance, and its drinking water was safe for public consumption. This data showed that there was sufficient chlorine within the water system, the potential “water of concern” had been eliminated, and that the water met and exceeded all DEP water quality standards.
“PWSA has the highest level of respect for DEP. Their rules and regulations are crafted to protect the public. In collaboration with DEP and the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, the Authority will conduct a full investigation and review of this incident,” said Lindstrom.
“I want to thank Mayor Peduto, Chief of Staff Acklin, County Executive Fitzgerald, all of the public safety officials and the rest of the City of Pittsburgh staff for all their support and assistance,” said Lindstrom.
A total of 15 water distribution locations have been set up for the East End and Central sections of Pittsburgh during the precautionary flush and boil advisory.
Bottled water is available at the sites. Each station is also equipped with 2,500-gallon water buffalo tanks that will be operational by 2 p.m., according to Mayor Bill Peduto’s office. People who want to receive the water must bring their own containers and those containers should be sanitized, officials said.
Highland Park’s closest locations are Fire Training Academy, 1402 Washington Blvd. (Highland Park) and Pittsburgh Engine Co. No. 7, 4603 Stanton Ave., (Stanton Heights).
The city has stockpiled a large supply of bottled water, and has been accepting donations of new sealed water bottles from interested providers. Donations can be dropped off at the city’s Fire Department Warehouse, 2945 Railroad St. in the Strip District.
City personnel also have been coordinating today the delivery of bottled water to schools, community centers, senior centers and certain homes on a priority basis. Those who are unable to access the water distribution centers are asked to call the 311 Response Center for assistance. All calls to 311 are answered by a live operator from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the city, dial 3-1-1. Outside of Pittsburgh, call 412-255-2621.
Schools, restaurants and businesses in the affected city neighborhoods are being advised to provide pre-boiled PWSA water or bottled water. The Allegheny County Health Department has provided guidelines for food preparation safety during a water supply interruption.
PWSA will be performing test readings every four hours until the advisory is lifted. Updates and results will be provided by PWSA as information becomes available. Crews have been working through the night to address the chlorine levels that led to the issuance of the advisory.
From the Post Gazette