By John Shumway

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority issued a warning about imposter utility workers to residents on Thursday.

According to the statement, police were notified to an alleged incident involving an imposter utility worker in Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

A man posed as a water department worker and knocked on an elderly woman’s door. He asked to enter the home to check the water pressure. He also allegedly threatened that if he was not allowed to enter that he would turn the water off.

The woman showed the man to the basement and he claimed to check the water pressure. Shortly after, he told the woman to slowly count to six and he left the home.

She was not injured and it is unknown if anything was taken at this time.

“We are very troubled by this report. I want to remind residents that all PWSA field personnel are in uniform and carry photo ID. All PWSA vehicles are marked with the letters P.W.S.A and have blue and white municipal license plates,” PWSA Interim Executive Director Jim Good said in a statement.

The PWSA is reminding residents that if they wish to verify a worker coming to their home, they can call PWSA Dispatch at (412)-255-2429 or (412)-255-2409.

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