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PWSA Issues Flush And Boil Order For Hazelwood, Swisshelm Park

Sarah Kovash
90.5 WESA

UPDATE: PWSA has lifted the flush and boil advisory as of 8:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. 

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has announced a precautionary flush and boil order for parts of Hazelwood, Swisshelm Park and Greenfield.

Residents of approximately 2,000 households just north of the Monongahela River are urged to flush their taps and boil any water meant for consumption.

Credit Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

That includes water intended to be used for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth, washing produce and food preparation.

In homes with lead pipes or solder – or if residents do not know if they have lead pipes or solder – taps should be flushed for at least one minute and water should be boiled vigorously for at least one minute and let cool before being used.

Water buffaloes are also available for affected customers at:

  • Homestead Street at Commercial Street (Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Station #19)
  • Flowers Avenue at Gertrude Street (Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Station #13)

A searchable map of households affected is available here.

The flush and boil order is the result of a water main break around 9:30 Friday night. PWSA said in a news release that pressure was restored to the main around 12:30am and the authority “is conducting testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and to verify that the water is safe to consume.”

The authority will notify customers when the flush and boil order is lifted.