The plan to replace water lines in order to reduce lead levels in the water isn't working, and is actually making the lead worse. Because of that, the work has stopped.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has faced repeated criticism for its handling of rising levels of lead in the drinking water.
Now, the utility will temporarily stop all partial lead line replacements in the city.
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The controversial program to do partial replacements of lead service lines began last month.
Eight homes with private lead lines submitted water tests, with half of those showing elevated levels of lead.
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Utility officials say this is a move made out of an abundance of caution and they will continue removing lead lines when they can establish a safe way to do so. The next step is for the PWSA to implement a program that will fully replace the entire line.
Wagner says that will be most effective for the benefit of everyone in Pittsburgh. "This is a crisis and we all need to recognize that this is a crisis, and people need to take precautions and people need to be filtering their water."
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