Medical facilities regain water; crews still repairing Bluff water main break

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Water pressure has returned to normal for Oakland medical facilities affected by a 16-inch water main break in Bluff, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said.

The line broke around 2:30 p.m. on Fifth Avenue between Jumonville and Stevenson streets, said Melissa Rubin, spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. That area of Fifth will remain closed as crews work to repair the line.

"They’ll be there all night -- it’s a big main. We’re talking at least eight hours," Ms. Rubin said.

Several hospitals initially reported low water pressure, although it returned to normal by 5:15 p.m.

Some UPMC buildings, including Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC Mercy and office buildings in Oakland experienced "significant water shortages," UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said. Water and hand sanitizer were distributed, she said.

Water pressure will continue to build through the evening for other customers affected by the break.

"It can take a couple of hours. If it's not already back to normal, it should be soon. It slowly builds," she said.

It was unclear whether the cold caused the break, Ms. Rubin said.

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