Wilkinsburg-Penn water contaminants excessive

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Water in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs may have excess levels of total organic carbon (TOC), a measurement of organic contaminants in water.

The Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority reported Tuesday that it had violated standards for the removal of TOC — falling below the required ratio.

TOC does not pose a health risk on its own but may influence other measurements of water quality.

As a result, the water authority is increasing the frequency of its water analysis, from quarterly to monthly. It expects to resolve the issue by the fourth quarter of 2014.

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