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Pittsburgh Water Authority’s Latest Drinking Water Samples Show Lead Levels Above EPA Standard

On January 18, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced the results of its latest round of drinking water samples in December show 15 percent are above the 15 parts per billion EPA lead action level.

The Water Authority must meet a requirement that 10 percent of samples are no higher than 15 parts per billion.

The Authority noted in its announcement there is no safe level of lead and residents should continue to consider the recommendations provided by PWSA to reduce exposure to lead.

Of the 161 drinking water samples analysed in December, 137 are below the 15 parts per billion EPA standard-- 85 percent.  24 are above the standard.

Click Here for the Authority’s complete announcement, including steps customers can take to reduce their exposure to lead.

For more information on what Authority customers can do, visit the Authority’s Community Lead Response webpage.

Visit DEP’s Pittsburgh Water Authority webpage for more information on DEP’s actions on the lead service line issue in Pittsburgh.

For more information on health threats from lead in drinking water, visit DEP’s Lead In Drinking Water webpage.

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The Joint State Government Commission and a special Senate Lead Exposure Task Force will be making recommendations on reducing exposure to lead as early as April as a result of Senate Resolution 33, sponsored by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), Minority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

For information on health threats from lead from other sources, visit the Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning webpage.


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