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Water Quality Monitoring and Reports

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System is committed to ensuring we provide high quality and safe water to our patients, employees and visitors for every use. We publish annual and semi-annual water quality reports including but not limited to environmental sampling results for detection of Legionella, copper, lead, Escherichia coli, coliform, and disinfection byproducts.

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority supplies water to our University Drive location and the Fox Chapel Water Authority supplies water to our H.J. Heinz II location. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies both locations as public water systems, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) monitors compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Our Water Treatment Team

Our PADEP licensed water treatment plant operators keep safe water flowing through our complex and extensive water delivery system 24/7/365. Operators monitor water conditions such as temperature, pH and chlorine levels and make adjustments quickly to ensure the proper water containment and delivery environment, helping to prevent the growth or spread of Legionella, copper and lead and all unwanted bacteria, and other contaminants. Our surveillance approach is not only rigorous, but also multi-disciplinary. Our water treatment plant operators work closely with infection prevention specialists, patient care and facilities staff.

Water Quality Reports

Reports and data available here demonstrate water quality that consistently exceeds Safe Drinking Water Act standards. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection makes available the same reports and data. Select Public Water System ID and enter 5020955 for University Drive and 5020031 for H.J. Heinz III.

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

Tap Notices
We regularly monitor lead and copper levels at both campuses to ensure that the drinking water we provide to you meets state and federal standards. Our latest cosumer tap notices are available, sampled under state monitoring requirements.

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 December 2017]