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Water Main Break Affecting 2 Hospitals, Duquesne University

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A large water main break affected a university, hospitals and residents today in the city’s Uptown and Oakland neighborhoods.

The break happened around 3 p.m.

Magee-Womens Hospital and UPMC Mercy Hospital are the two hospitals to feel the impact, Duquesne University and other businesses in the area were all affected as well.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority released a statement on the break. It reads in part:
“The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is repairing a 16-inch water main on 5th Avenue in Bluff. The line broke around 2:30 p.m. between Jumonville Street and Stevenson Street. A large portion of the Bluff area was affected with low water pressure including several medical facilities in Oakland.”

A spokeswoman says water service has already been restored at Duquesne University.

According to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority says all medical facilities affected now have normal water pressure. The facilities continued to operate with bottled water and hand sanitizer while crews worked to restore service.

Meanwhile, the Allegheny Health Department was also affected by the break. Some offices in Oakland lost water service for about two hours, but were able to stay open due to their temporary water supply.

Water service has now been restored to all health department offices.

However, night court at the Family Law Center has been cancelled.

Also, the PWSA says customers living on 5th Avenue between Jumonville Street and Stevenson Street currently have no water.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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