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Pitt Scientists to Discuss 10th Ward Water

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
February 02, 2023
Posted in: Announcements

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh will hold a meeting tonight to discuss the results of a new water testing study in the lower 10th Ward.
Dr. Carla Ng, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pitt, has been conducting additional testing to determine if chemicals known as PFAs are still present in the water supply and soil after a fire at McKeesport Auto Body on Rebecca Street contaminated the area in July 2021.

PFAs, used in some types of fire-suppressant foam, are believed to have entered the water supply through a fire hydrant.

PFAs are found in a variety of consumer products and also are used in firefighting foam to smother blazes.

However, according to the EPA, PFAs also have been linked to health problems, including low infant birth weights, immune and thyroid disorders and cancers.

The meeting will also provide opportunities for residents to sign-up and get their water tested. Pitt is working with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County and Women for a Healthy Environment.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at West Side United Methodist Church, 305 Atlantic Ave.

Originally published February 02, 2023.

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