South Hills water service nearly restored

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Only six homes spent the night without water service following a major water main break in Pittsburgh‘‍s South Hills, according Pennsylvania American Water Co.

The cause of the this service disruption was a break in a 42-inch-wide line in Carrick on Friday. The homes that are still affected are along Brook Street in Carrick, the site of the break. 

Service should be restored by “late afternoon,” according to a company spokesman. 

Numerous communities were affected by  the break, including Mt. Lebanon, Green Tree, Baldwin Borough, Brentwood and Whitehall. Pittsburgh neighborhoods without water included Carrick, Brookline, Banksville, Overbrook and Beechview. 

Also Friday, a large line also ruptured at the utility's facility on Becks Run Road, sending water bubbling up from lot and onto the road. 

As the water lines were breaking, union­ized work­ers with Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can Water were picketing water treatment facilities across the state, including the one at Becks Run Road in Baldwin. 

About 150 members of the Util­ity Work­ers Union of Amer­ica Lo­cal 537 say they have been locked out by Pennsylvania American.

Penn­syl­va­nia Amer­i­can, a sub­sid­i­ary of Amer­i­can Water, says it im­posed a “last, best and fi­nal” con­tract of­fer June 9, af­ter three years of un­fruit­ful ne­go­ti­a­tions. “Con­trary to the pick­eters’ sign­age, [there] is no lock­out and em­ploy­ees are urged to re­port for work,” the com­pany said.

The UWUA, which is fight­ing out­sourc­ing and is seek­ing job se­cu­rity pro­tec­tions, says the con­tract im­po­si­tion qual­i­fies as a change in work­ing con­di­tions “with­out bar­gain­ing in good faith,” pre­cip­i­tat­ing its walkout.

The conflict remains unresolved, and the workers were still picketing Saturday morning. 

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