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