FCA Issues Precautionary Flush and Boil Water Advisory for E Oak Hill Road.
Fox Chapel Area, PA – Fox Chapel Authority (FCA) experienced a major water main break last night at E Oak Hill Road in O’Hara Township that caused low and no water pressure for several customers on E Oak Hill Road. The main break was isolated, and pressure was restored today. FCA is issuing precautionary boil water advisory to a limited area because a decrease in pressure can allow contaminants to enter the drinking water. FCA is conducting testing to confirm adequate disinfectant levels and verify that the water is safe to consume.
FCA estimates the precautionary flush and boil water advisory affects approximately 7 homes on E Oak Hill Road.
The advisory applies to water used for consumption. Customers within the impacted area should do the following before using water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice:
- Boil tap water vigorously for at least one minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble). This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.
- Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.
Boiling kills harmful bacteria in the water that may cause illness. You should throw away ice made during the time the advisory or notice was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.
Flushing water brings in fresh water from the main and boiling fresh water kills any bacteria and other organisms that can enter the water. You can also use bottled water. If the water from your tap appears cloudy or discolored, you should run cold water for 2 to 3 minutes from a faucet in your basement to clear your lines.
Impacted customers will be notified by FCA via automated phone calls. Customers in this service area are being advised to flush their taps and then boil their fresh water to ensure that drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality requirements. The boil water advisory will remain in place until further notice. Customers with questions can call 412-963-0212.