American Society of Civil Engineers Why Has Pittsburgh Had So Many Boil Water Advisories? By Margaret J. Krauss • Feb 20, 2018 Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA Listen Listening... / 5:38 Boil water advisories are a pain. But they can be an important indicator of what’s happening with Pennsylvania’s water. Here's what those service interruptions are and aren't telling us. The water main on Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville broke late on a Thursday evening in January.