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PITTSBURGH, PA (July 18, 2017) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today upon the release of new test results showing Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority water is not in exceedance of federal lead regulations:

“I’m very happy to see the city’s water meets the federal action level for lead, and that lead levels have now dropped for the second testing period in a row.

While the work on the issue by the City and the PWSA over the past year is clearly paying off, there is still a lot of work to do and water users need to keep following PWSA guidance on how to reduce exposure to contaminants. Testing does not remove the fact that lead in water is still a grave public health matter, especially for pregnant women and young children, and we need to do all we can to eradicate it.

The authority and the City of Pittsburgh will continue to work with experts from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Allegheny County Health Department and others to keep monitoring and improving the system. Long-term efforts to study and correct all the systematic issues facing the authority, its infrastructure and remaining lead service lines will continue, as we work on all fronts to assure Pittsburgh will have safe drinking water for decades to come.”