Our Commitment to Safe Water - VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
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Our Commitment to Safe Water

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is committed to providing high quality, safe water for patients, visitors and employees.

Our Water Treatment Team

VA Pittsburgh’s water treatment plant operators are certified through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). They follow a rigorous and multidisciplinary water surveillance program to keep safe water flowing through our complex and extensive water delivery system by:

  • Monitoring temperature, pH and chlorine levels to prevent the growth or spread of Legionella and other unwanted bacteria
  • Ensuring copper, lead and other regulated contaminants stay within Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements
  • Working closely with infection prevention specialists, environmental management (EMS), patient care and facilities staff

Our Water Sources and Regulatory Oversight

Our Water Quality Reports

Our annual and semi-annual reports (see links below) include water-sampling results for Legionella, copper, lead, E. coli, coliform and disinfection byproducts. The data shows our water quality consistently exceeds SDWA requirements.

The same reports are available online through the Pennsylvania DEP:

  • Go to Drinking Water Reporting System
  • Select “Public Water System ID”
  • At the PWSID prompt:
    • Type 5020955 for University Drive’s reports
    • Type 5020031 for Heinz’s reports

Consumer Confidence Report (CCR)
Our annual water quality report describes how we treat and sample our water systems and contains general information on drinking water sources.

Tap Notices
 We regularly monitor lead and copper levels at both campuses to ensure our drinking water meets state and federal standards. Select one of the reports below to view our latest results.

Public Notices
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System has no notices to post.


Public water suppliers shall give public violation notice for the following circumstances:

  • Failure to comply with an applicable state primary maximum contaminant limit.
  • Failure to perform water quality monitoring.
  • Occurrence of a waterborne disease outbreak or other emergency situation that adversely affects the quality or quantity of finished water and has a significant potential to have serious adverse effects on human health as a result of short-term exposure.
  • Other violations or situations determined by the department to require a public notice.

Helpful Links and Documents


[Tap notice last updated June 2018]