Herron Hill

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So where does your drinking water come from?

As a water main break in Oakland this afternoon disrupted water pressure in parts of Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze, and Greenfield, I began thinking about the urban watershed and where my water comes from. According to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s website, there are over 1200 miles of pipe carrying water around the city. I live in Friendship, and I think we’re connected to the Garfield Heights reservoir, but I’m not certain. I’d love to see a color-coded map, showing how the water gets distributed around the city.

[Update – historical context: a map showing the affected areas when the water main broke near the same intersection, seven years ago. I imagine that similar areas are affected this time.]

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