McKeesport, Lower 10th Ward, Do Not Drink

Incident Updates

  • July 28, 2021 - 7:58pm
    MAWC has issued a Do Not Drink notice for a smaller portion of Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. Please refer to this map

    to see if your address is in the new, smaller affected area:

    Please see the notice below.

  • July 26, 2021 - 4:15pm
    As of Monday, July 26, Portions of the Lower 10th Ward remain on a Do Not Use status. Please see this map 

    and refer to the public notice below.

  • July 23, 2021 - 4:56pm
    Portions of the Lower 10th Ward remain on a Do Not Use. Please see this map

    and refer to the public notice below.

  • July 22, 2021 - 12:02pm

    A Do Not Use advisory continues to be in effect in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. Do Not Use the tap water for any purpose other than flushing toilets.

    We would like to thank residents for their patience as we work to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Our number one focus is getting people back in water safely, but as fast as possible.

    An additional round of flushing and testing took place Wednesday.

    We have been driving samples to an accredited lab in Lancaster to speed testing and receipt of results, but these tests can take days.

    While we await results, MAWC is working with state regulators to determine next steps.

    Water buffaloes are on Atlantic Avenue, at the sewage plant at Perry St., and at R & W Oil. Bottled Water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Ann and Atlantic. Water deliveries for shut-ins and disabled can be arranged by calling 412 675-5021.

    Showers are available at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Boulevard, between 6 am and 8 pm. In cooperation with the city of McKeesport, Busing to showers will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon and then 3 and 7 p.m. The bus will pick up any Tenth Ward resident along Atlantic Avenue at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5, p.m., and 6 p.m. Any children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Please see our full notice below,

  • July 21, 2021 - 1:56pm

    MAWC employees from service and water quality departments are in the Lower 10th ward,  McKeesport Wednesday doing further flushing and sampling in order to return the area to safe operation.

    MAWC employees will again drive this new set of samples to an accredited lab in Lancaster to speed testing and receipt of results.

    If a MAWC employee visits your premises, please ask to see identification before you allow anyone into your home. We will post instructions at premises where we receive no response.

    Water buffaloes are on Atlantic Avenue at the sewage plant, Perry St, and R & W Oil.

    Bottled Water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the fire department at Ann and Atlantic. Call 412 675-5021 to arrange delivery of water to the disabled and shut-ins.

    Showers remain available for residents of the affected area at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

    See notice language, below.

  • July 20, 2021 - 9:04pm

    A Do Not Use advisory continues to be in effect in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. Do Not Use the tap water for any purpose other than flushing toilets.

    Preliminary test results indicate that PFAs are not present above background levels in the water mains, however, further flushing must take place before water can be deemed safe for use.

    We will continue to receive results from the lab conducting the tests overnight, but service and water quality technicians are prepared to canvas the affected area tomorrow with further instructions. If the results overnight are good, the next phase of flushing and sampling will go on tomorrow.

    If a MAWC employee visits your premises, please ask to see identification before you allow anyone into your home. We will post instructions at premises where we receive no response.

    Water buffaloes are on Atlantic Avenue at the sewage plant, Perry St, and R & W Oil.

    Bottled Water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the fire department at Market and Lysle. Call 412 675-5021 to arrange delivery of water to the disabled and shut-ins.

    Showers remain available for residents of the affected area at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

  • July 20, 2021 - 4:30pm

    Continue not to use the water in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. Further testing and flushing will be necessary regardless of the first round of test results. We will advise you when we receive the results and confer with state regulators about the next steps.

    Water buffaloes are on Atlantic avenue at the sewage plant, Perry St, and R & W Oil.

    Bottled Water will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the fire department at Market and Lysle. Call 412 675-5021 to arrange delivery of water to the disabled and shut-ins.

    Showers remain available for residents of the affected area at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd. between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm.

    Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience.

  • July 19, 2021 - 6:06pm

    MAWC employees have collected samples and flushed the affected area.

    In consultation with state regulators, these are the next steps: Test results from a certified lab for compounds associated with fire foam will take until Tuesday or Wednesday. Regardless of test results, a further round of flushing and testing will be necessary before the water is deemed safe for all uses.

    We will keep you apprised of next steps.

    Please note the addition of a new water buffalo site at Atlantic Ave. and Perry St.

    Showers remain available for residents of the affected area at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd, McKeesport, starting Monday morning between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm. Customers are asked to use the right hand entrance to South Hall, near the gymnasium.

    See www.mawc.org for further updates.

  • July 18, 2021 - 6:50pm

    In consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, MAWC Sunday informed residents affected by the Do Not Use advisory in lower 10th Ward McKeesport, that it will be at least a week until test results certify that the water is safe for all uses.

    Residents of the affected area are being offered showers at McKeesport Area High School, 1960 Eden Park Blvd, McKeesport, starting Monday morning between the hours of 6 am - 8 pm. Customers are asked to use the right hand entrance to South Hall, near the gymnasium.

    Flushing the affected area is in process, and initial tests will take several days to complete.

    A further testing regimen with customers will be determined following receipt of the initial test results.

  • July 18, 2021 - 3:16pm

    Continue not to use the water in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. Phased flushing has started. 

    Water buffaloes remain on Atlantic Ave. at the sewage plant and at R & W Oil.

    We will update you with further information as we determine next steps.

  • July 17, 2021 - 5:17pm

    Continue not to use the water in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. We have encountered an older piece of pipe that is restricting flow to 10th Ward, and that restriction has prevented effective flushing.

    We will replace that piece of pipe overnight and commence with the phased flushing tomorrow.

    Water buffaloes remain on Atlantic Ave. at the sewage plant and at R & W Oil.

    We will update you with further information as we determine next steps.

  • July 17, 2021 - 9:54am

    Continue not to use the water in Lower 10th Ward, McKeesport. We are commencing flushing as we await test results for firefighting foam constituents. The affected area has been isolated, and a pump was placed this morning to start flushing the area in a phased sequence.

    Water buffaloes remain on Atlantic Ave. at the sewage plant and at R & W Oil.

    We will update you with further information as we determine next steps.

DRINKING WATER WARNING
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER

NO BEBA EL AGUA

ESTE INFORME CONTIENE INFORMACIÓN IMPORTANTE ACERCA DE SU AGUA POTABLE.HAGA QUE ALGUIEN LO TRADUZCA PARA USTED, O HABLE CON ALGUIEN QUE LO ENTIENDA.

Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County has high levels of [blank]

Sample results received on over the past week showed Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
These substances in drinking water may be a serious health concern. See https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas for further information.

What should I do?
DO NOT DRINK THE WATER.Use bottled water or alternative sources for drinking, cooking, or food preparation until further notice. Throw away ice cubes if made with tap water.

DO NOT BOIL THE WATER. Boiling, freezing, filtering, or letting water stand does not reduce the level of PFAs. Excessive boiling can make the PFAs more concentrated, because PFAs remains behind when the water evaporates.

If you have specific health concerns, you may wish to consult your doctor.

What happened? What is being done?
During a fire on Friday, July 16, Emergency officials in McKeesport informed MAWC that fire fighting foam may have been sucked into a fire hydrant during the incident. MAWC has isolated the area, and subsequent tests indicated that the chemicals were indeed introduced. As we continue to flush and test, we will advise residents in the affected area as to next steps.

For more information, please contact: MAWC at 724 755-5800

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

This notice is being sent to you by Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County.
PWS ID#: 5020025 Date distributed: July 28, 2021