Backup reservoir pumps planned at Highland Park

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority this week will begin installing pipes for a backup pump system in Highland Park that will help to keep water flowing to a large portion of the city if the current pump loses power, is damaged in an emergency or must be shut down for maintenance.

Independent Enterprises of Oakdale was awarded the $110,000 project and, weather permitting, should have the new system completed by the end of January, the authority said. The work will not affect residents who walk around the No. 1 reservoir in the heart of Highland Park.

The Bruecken Pumping Station, located at Allegheny River and Washington boulevards in Highland Park, feeds the No. 1 and No. 2 reservoirs. Those impoundments, in turn, provide water to most of the city.

If the pumping station loses power or otherwise goes out of service, the authority can feed water to the reservoirs through interconnecting hydrants but has no direct means of filling the reservoirs. The new pipes--to be used in conjunction with portable pumps--will provide a direct connection to the reservoirs.

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