Discrepancies uncovered for PWSA boil water advisory still in effect

PITTSBURGH — A boil water advisory remains in effect for thousands of people in Pittsburgh.

It includes the city's northern neighborhoods, Millvale and Reserve Township.

Channel 11 grilled city leaders several times about this latest problem with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

Channel 11 uncovered a discrepancy between their version of the events and the Department of Environmental Protection's version.

Channel 11 told you about the water problems Monday night: bacteria-contaminated water, possibly from a tear in the cover of the Lanpher Reservoir in Shaler Township.

Now we've learned the DEP is doing another investigation.

They sent us a statement saying in part that its "investigation is ongoing as to whether, when, and how PWSA met its obligations."

We've also learned that last Wednesday the health department found the positive samples, but not enough to constitute a violation.


City leaders and PWSA officials told us they started looking into this Friday.

But it wasn't until Monday that the DEP learned of tears, which led to the advisory.

“I heard as a resident before I heard as a councilwoman,” Councilwoman Darlene Harris said. “Every time you turn around it's something else and the only ones suffering are the residents of Pittsburgh.”

“This is a situation we're gonna face time and time again,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said.

The advisory may not be lifted until Friday.

The PWSA has to have two consecutive days of negative results for any bacteria in order for DEP to lift the advisory.