Water main break triggers boil water advisory for Pittsburgh neighborhoods

A boil water advisory remains in effect for several parts of Pittsburgh after a major water main break.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a precautionary flush and boil water advisory for customers in the central and eastern sections of the City of Pittsburgh. This comes following a water main break on Centre Avenue in East Liberty Sunday morning.

The PWSA said Monday evening, “The first round of bacteriological tests have been analyzed and there is no detection of any contaminants. Disinfectant levels in our system have remained stable. Regulations require one more round of water quality testing before the advisory can be lifted. The earliest the final test results will be available is tomorrow evening… An update will be provided tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.”

Multiple businesses throughout the East Liberty and Shadyside areas were forced to make changes to their daily routines because of the advisory. RabbleVID’s Hillary Maglin talked to barista Danielle Commiso at Zeke’s Coffee in East Liberty about the precautions the shop’s had to take.

Commiso explains that on top of boiling water for washing dishes and hands, the shop’s coffee also had to be brewed in a different, more time-consuming way than normal. Because of this, some early-morning customers were unable to get their cup.

RabbleVID reached out to Media Relations Manager Andrea Kunicky on if Children’s Hospital was operating under the advisory.

Here’s her response on the matter. “UPMC is following the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) boiled water notice, which affects UPMC Shadyside and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. As part of our contingency plan for this type of emergency, water supplies, including bottled water, are being distributed to patients and staff. Both hospitals remain operational and there is no impact on patient care.”

PWSA estimates the advisory impacts approximately 7,000 homes, in the areas listed below.

  • Bloomfield
  • Central Lawrenceville
  • East Liberty
  • Friendship
  • Garfield
  • Highland Park
  • Morningside
  • Shadyside

According to the PWSA, the advisory is due to the decrease in water pressure and the potential to allow “contaminants to enter the drinking water.”