Aspinwall issues boil water notice to borough residents
April 19, 2017 3:02 PM
Aspinwall residents have been told to boil their water before consuming it.
By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Aspinwall Borough officials have issued a boil water advisory for their water customers, after maintenance work on a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority pump caused low or no water pressure Wednesday morning to about half of the borough’s 1,200 water customers.
Melissa Lang O’Malley, the borough manager, said the boil water advisory is in effect at least until noon Thursday, to allow the Allegheny County Health Department to conduct the required water quality tests. The borough gets its water from the PWSA.
All residents of the borough were notified of the advisory via the municipality’s 911-robo call system.
Borough officials were alerted to the water problem Wednesday morning by customers reporting low or no water pressure and brown or discolored tap water in an area below Eighth Street. That loss of water pressure was caused by PWSA maintenance workers who shut down a PWSA pump in Blawnox or O’Hara.
According to the county health department, there was concern that coliform levels could be a problem and that led to the boil water advisory. The water system must pass two tests before the advisory can be lifted. The first bacteriological test was done around noon Wednesday. A second will be done Thursday, Ms. O’Malley said.
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