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June 2017 Update

At this time the City of Pittsburgh is not accepting additional filter requests through the Safe Water Program. We received 10,715 filter requests since the program launched in April and would like to thank everyone for their participation. Please see below for current updates and information about filter distribution.

The City will be distributing the final sets of filters over the next few months to those individuals who requested one through 311 or the Safe Water Program website and DID NOT already receive one. There is a limit of one filter per household.

View distribution details.

The Pittsburgh Safe Water Program

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.

For Households with Expectant Mothers and Children Under 6

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.

For Members of the General Public

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.

For Residents With Partial Lead Service Line Replacements

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.

LEAD SAFETY TIPS

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:

  • Run your water to flush out lead
    • If you haven’t used your water for several hours, run your cold tap for one minute before using for cooking or drinking. Homes with longer lead water service lines may require flushing for a longer period of time. Using toilets, washing clothes, showering, or doing dishes before you drink from your tap are all ways that you can flush your service line without wasting water.
  • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula
    • Lead dissolves more easily in hot water. Do not drink, cook with, or make baby formula using hot water.
  • Do not boil water to remove lead - boiling water will not reduce lead

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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