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.