A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for nearly 900 households in parts of Pittsburgh’s West End neighborhoods after a water main broke on Mount Washington Saturday afternoon.
The boil water and flush advisory applies to portions of Ridgemont, Westwood and Elliott.
Many residents in the area had no water service or experienced low water pressure due to the break, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. along a 16-inch water main on Virginia Avenue at Kearsarge Street.
PWSA officials said the break was isolated and normal water service was restored around 8 p.m.
The agency said contaminants can enter the drinking water when there’s pressure loss, prompting it to issue the advisory for 870 homes.
“PWSA is conducting testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and verify that the water is safe to consume,” PWSA said in a statement.
During a boil water advisory, residents should:
▪ Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.
▪ Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.