Under a boil water advisory? Here's what you need to know

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PITTSBURGH — A boil water advisory has been lifted for hundreds of thousands of people after a 24-inch water main blew Friday morning at water storage tanks in Castle Shannon and Green Tree, leading to massive flooding. People and pets had to be rescued from their homes by emergency crews and dozens of schools are closed for the day.

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Pennsylvania American Water officials said the loss of water pressure affecting over 30 boroughs and parts of the City of Pittsburgh meant conditions could allow contamination to enter the water system. Untreated water could include bacteria, viruses and parasites, which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches.

From Friday until early Sunday, officials with the water company advised all affected customers to bring all water to a rolling boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using. They also advised customers can use bottled water. The water company also advised using boiled or bottled water for pets.

The list of affected locations included:

  • Baldwin Borough
  • Baldwin Township
  • Bethel Park
  • Brentwood
  • Bridgeville
  • Carnegie
  • Castle Shannon
  • Collier
  • City of Pittsburgh
  • Crafton
  • Dormont
  • Dravosburg
  • Green Tree
  • Heidelberg
  • Homestead
  • Ingram
  • Jefferson Borough
  • Mount Lebanon
  • Mount Oliver
  • Munhall
  • North Fayette
  • Oakdale
  • Upper Saint Clair
  • Pennsbury
  • Pleasant Hills
  • Rosslyn Farms
  • Scott Township
  • South Fayette
  • South Park
  • Thornburg
  • West Allegheny County Muncipal Authority
  • West Homestead
  • West Mifflin
  • Whitaker
  • Whitehall

Starting at 3 p.m. Friday, customers could bring their own containers to water tankers at the following locations:

  • Baldwin Borough Municipal Building: 3344 Churchview Avenue, Baldwin Borough, Pa
  • Bethel Park Community Center: Brightwood Road, Bethel Park, Pa
  • Bethel Park Fire Dept. - 1100 Clifton Road., Bethel Park
  • Brentwood Fire Dept. - Brownsville Road. at Park Drive, Pittsburgh
  • Brookline Recreation Center, 1400 Oakridge Street, Pittsburgh Pa
  • Castle Shannon Fire Department: 3600 Library Road, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • Dormont Fire Department: 1455 Hillsdale Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • Fire Station 23 - 1703 Brownsville Road., Carrick
  • Green Tree Fire Department: 825 Poplar Street, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • Heidelberg Fire Dept. - 456 1st Street, Carnegie
  • Ingram Municipal Bldg. - 40 W. Prospect Avenue, Pittsburgh
  • Munhall Municipal Bldg. - 1900 West Street, Homestead, Pa
  • South Fayette Municipal Building: 515 Millers Run Road, Morgan, Pa
  • Upper St. Clair Municipal Building: 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • West Mifflin Municipal Building, 1020 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, Pa