Multiple Allegheny County neighborhoods under boil water advisory

Kristen Walters

Following a water main break on Thursday night, multiple Allegheny County neighborhoods have been placed under a boil water advisory by the PWSA.

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At approximately 8:15 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2022, a water main on Steuben Street broke, causing water pressure loss in multiple neighborhoods, including:

  • Crafton Heights
  • Elliott
  • Westwood
  • Ridgemont

As a result of the water main break, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a boil advisory for the neighborhoods listed above.

When a water main breaks, the water pressure becomes low or diminished, and drinking water can become contaminated. Therefore, the PWSA has issued the boil advisory as a precautionary measure.

An interactive map on the PWSA website shows the affected neighborhoods in more detail. You can view it here.

If you are in one of the areas impacted by the water main break, you should boil any water used for drinking, food preparation, brushing your teeth, or any other form of consumption, such as providing water to pets.

According to the PWSA website, water should be boiled "vigorously" for at least one minute starting from the time that the water begins to bubble. Boiling potentially contaminated water helps eliminate any harmful bacteria that could make you sick or ill.

The PSWA also recommends throwing out any ice cubes that may have been made with the potentially contaminated water. For example, if your freezer has an automated ice maker, you should dump the ice and clean the container, as freezing water does not eliminate harmful bacteria.

It is unknown how long the boil advisory will be in effect. However, the PWSA will be testing the water and providing updates on its website.

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