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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority on Saturday advised customers in some eastern areas of the city to allow cold water to flow from their faucets for several minutes before using, a result of a mechanical failure at the Bruecken pump station that caused a temporary pressure loss.

The PWSA suspended four employees “while the situation is investigated,” mayoral spokesman Tim McNulty said. The names of the employees were not released.

They were suspended for “unacceptable operator error leading to low pressure situation throughout East End,” McNulty said.

Although the pump was returned to service and water pressure levels are back to normal, some customers may see brown or discolored water, PWSA said.

Crews opened hydrants to clear discolored water from the system, according to PWSA.

Customers can call the authority at 412-255-2423 if they are experiencing a water emergency.

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