Pennsylvania American Water announced that crews are putting the finishing touches on a new pumping station and water storage tank in Exeter Township, meanwhile the company is starting construction to replace aging water main in Amity and Exeter townships.The projects, with a combined cost of approximately $2.8 million, will improve service reliability for residents, increase flows for firefighting, improve water pressure and provide additional storage capacity.
Construction of the new pumping station and 300,000-gallon storage tank began in September 2007.
In addition, Pennsylvania American Water installed approximately 2,000 feet of 12-inch transmission main in Exeter to connect the new tank and pumping station with existing water lines that serve homes and businesses. The company expects to bring the new facilities online by early June. The approximately $1.5 million project also included enhanced security systems.
In addition, Pennsylvania American Water plans to replace more than 9,000 feet of aging pipe in Exeter along Michele Drive, Michele Court, Fairview Chapel Road, Butter Lane, Sunset Manor Drive and Hearthstone Drive. Construction is scheduled to start this week, and the company expects to complete the pipe installation and final paving restoration by October, weather permitting.
In Amity Township, the company is installing nearly 1,000 feet of eight-inch water main along Fernwood Drive between Briarwood Drive and Nicholson Drive.
Crews are installing 200 feet of eight-inch pipe along Hill Road to connect two dead-end lines between Loyalsock Drive and Victoria Drive. Construction is scheduled to be completed and the new pipe in service by the end of July, weather permitting.
The Exeter and Amity pipe installations total approximately $1.3 million. During construction, crews are scheduled to work weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The company will contact the affected residents prior to construction to provide information related to temporary service interruptions or traffic disruptions. For more information, contact Pennsylvania American Water's customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.
"With these significant capital investments, we are demonstrating Pennsylvania American Water's commitment to maintain and upgrade the community's water system to ensure that customers receive quality, reliable water service for years to come," said Brian Hassinger, manager of southeastern Pennsylvania field operations.
In addition to Exeter and Amity townships, the company's Glen Alsace operations provide water service to customers in Ruscombmanor Township and a portion of St. Lawrence Borough.
About Pennsylvania American Water
Pennsylvania American Water is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to more than 2.1 million people.
In addition to its regulated operations, American Water provides operation and maintenance services to an additional 112,000 people in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania American Water is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK).
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned U.S. water and waste-water utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs nearly 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15.6 million people in 32 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.