Water main break in Millvale leaves hundreds without water



MILLVALE, Pa. - A water main break in Millvale on Saturday turned into a bigger problem for some families who were left without water, which they needed to heat their homes.

The Kists were one of several families who were fighting the frigid temperatures without access to heat.

“(We) have not had heat because I had to turn it down because my boiler is water fed,” said Tim Kist.

When Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson went to meet the Kists at their home, they had no water pressure along with hundreds of others without service Saturday afternoon.

"The house needs heat for my son (and) pets and needs to be warm for my wife to get exercise," said Kist.

Kist said his wife needs the heat for her physical therapy, which is helping her strengthen her surgically-repaired shoulder.

Hudson reported that crews worked on a broken water main for most of the day, during which they had to shut off the main valve.

"Everybody worked well together to make sure the situation didn't get out of control and helped each other out along the way," said James Madhajewski, Millvale EMA coordinator. 

A Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority spokesperson told Hudson that service was returned Saturday evening.

Until the Kists got their water back, they told Hudson they relied on their electric fireplace for heat, among other methods.

Several neighboring fire agencies had water tanks on standby just in case water service did not return. 

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