As you may have heard by now, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has issued a ‘water boil advisory’ for 100,000 residents in eastern Pittsburgh neighborhoods in response to a concern about giardia contamination. Read more here.
The advisory is expected to last at least 3 days while PWSA addresses the problem. This boil advisory applied to water used for drinking, preparing food, brushing teeth and so forth. Showering and laundry should be fine.
A group of community leaders in the East End neighborhoods have joined together to create a community distribution system to ensure that people can access water, especially low-income families, neighbors who are disabled and those who are senior citizens and might not have easy access to the PWSA distribution sites.
Today, volunteers spent hours sorting donations and delivering hundreds of gallons throughout the affected areas. They are still seeking donations for distribution on Thursday. You can bring donations to these drop-off spots on Thursday.
Homewood: drop off at House of Manna after 9 am-11 am, 7240 Frankstown Ave, Pgh 15208
Garfield: drop off at Boom Concepts after 10am-8 pm, 5139 Penn Ave, Pgh 15224
Hill District: drop off at Ike Wear after 11am-1 pm, 2101 Centre Avenue, Pgh 15219
If you need water but can’t afford it and are mobile, please pick up at the locations listed above at 3pm. They prioritize City residents from the affected neighborhoods who cannot otherwise access water.
The Facebook page also has a list of other water distribution sites organized by PWSA and the City. However, we are hearing that many folks who do not regularly watch the news are not aware of the advisory or the available supports. Please reach out to your neighbors and make sure their needs are met. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support.