After decades of disinvestment and neglect of its water infrastructure, Pittsburgh is one of an overwhelming number of municipalities across the country facing a health and safety challenge due to lead in its water system. The City and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are committed to solving this problem through our Safe Water Plan. This plan starts with the distribution of lead filters for drinking water, and will continue with a full revamping of our water system.
Today we are announcing the first phase of the Safe Water plan, which is the process for obtaining free water filters and lead test kits for all City residents. Information on obtaining them is below.
This Safe Water website will keep you appraised of our efforts, so please check back frequently for new updates and additional information. Thank you for working with us to provide the safe and reliable water system that we all deserve.
There are approximately 7,000 households in the City of Pittsburgh with a child under 6 in the home. The Safe Water Program has identified over 300 family health centers, pediatricians, assistance offices, and childcare providers, and will be distributing filters directly to those providers to make sure that they can get into the hands of the most vulnerable as quickly as possible. Organizations who work with expectant mothers and children and are willing to distribute filters should call 3-1-1.
All residents of the City of Pittsburgh and Millvale who are interested in testing their water may request a test kit using the form above. In addition, filters will be made available to the general public. In order to request a filter, please fill out the web form above.
Residents in the City who will be receiving partial lead service line replacements done by PWSA will have filters provided to them. PWSA will notify those residents prior to work commencing. There is no need for residents receiving partial lead service line replacements to request filters through this website, as the filters will be automatically provided to them.
Like many older cities, the City of Pittsburgh has a significant number of lead service lines. If you believe your home may have lead, here are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in your water:
For additional information about the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's Lead remediation efforts, please visit http://www.pgh2o.com/lead-facts.
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