Water service beginning to be restored to Oakland, Bloomfield after main break

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is repairing a 30-inch water main that affected service on the East Busway and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The line supplies water to Oakland and Bloomfield, according to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The suction line under the South Millvale Bridge at Morewood Street broke about 6 a.m. Customers in the area are experiencing low water pressure and possible interruption of water service depending on their location.

Repair crews must first secure a 24-inch water main and an Equitable Gas line the break exposed. But as water pressure builds in the repaired line, normal service should return in the next few hours.

Children's Hospital is operating normally with a temporary water supply, according to Tom Palmosina, director of operations.

He said the authority expects to have the leak isolated within the hour. Once the leak is isolated most of the area will go back to normal pressure, including the Children's Hospital.

The break prompted the Port Authority to partially close the Neville Ramp and to discontinue service at the Herron and Negley stations. A temporary shuttle has been taking riders to and from those stations, according to the Port Authority.

Inbound buses can travel to the East Liberty station. Outbound buses can get as far as the 26th Street Ramp.

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Jacob Quinn Sanders: jsanders@post-gazette.com. First Published January 5, 2013 8:45 AM


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