TEMPORARY TREATMENT CHANGE FOR GREATER PITTSBURGH AREA WATER SYSTEM

As part of our distribution system (pipeline) maintenance program, Pennsylvania American Water will be temporarily changing its disinfection treatment process in our Greater Pittsburgh area system from a chloramine (combined) residual to free chlorine residual. Customers might notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water as a result of the treatment change, which will take place from March 5, 2019, through April 8, 2019.

Weather permitting, Pennsylvania American Water also will be flushing the distribution system from March 5, 2019, though April 8, 2019. Flushing will take place 7 a.m. through 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Discolored water may occur during flushing in your neighborhood. This is normal and will only be temporary while we complete this system maintenance. Thank you for your patience while we complete this important maintenance program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Why is the treatment change needed? It allows us to perform necessary maintenance on our chemical feed systems and our distribution system.

Is this an approved method of treatment? Yes. Both are approved methods of disinfection by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

Will I notice a change in my water service? When we transition the disinfection process from chloramines to chlorine, some customers may notice an increase in the taste and smell of chlorine in the water. This will only be temporary while we complete this system maintenance.

Is the water safe to drink? Yes, as always, we will continue to monitor the water quality to ensure that it meets or surpasses all federal and state drinking water standards.

 

Location: Pittsburgh, Southern Allegheny County, Washington County
Issued: 3/1/2019
Start Time: 11:30 am
End Time: 12:00 am
Expires: 4/12/2019
Contact Name: Customer Service
Contact Phone: 18005657292