Investment In Infrastructure
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that more than $335 billion in capital spending is needed nationwide by 2027 to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards. EPA also estimated that approximately $388 billion will be needed between 2000 and 2019 to replace aging wastewater infrastructure. We intend to invest capital prudently to enable us to continue to provide essential services to our regulated water and wastewater utility customers. Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers quality and reliable water and wastewater service.
We have a strong and ongoing commitment to investing in infrastructure and keeping it updated. We are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. Tap water costs about a penny a gallon - a remarkable value compared to any other utilities today. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that a household will pay.
In fact, in Pennsylvania alone, we have invested more than $790 million since 2000 to improve service to our customers. Every year, we deliver system improvements to the communities we serve – from extending water mains to replacing meters and hydrants to upgrading plant equipment. These investments will help us continue to provide high quality water and wastewater service.
Examples of projects completed across the state in recent years:
- replacing two treatment plants with one state-of-the-art facility serving Cumberland and York Counties
- replacing more than 260 miles of pipeline. This included replacing more than 1,100 feet of aging pipe in Yardley, 1,400 feet of 24-inch water main across the Susquehanna River from Pittston to West Pittston and nearly 2,700 feet of 12-inch pipe in Plainfield Township.
- building new storage facilities to ensure reliability of service
- constructing improvements to our treatment plants
- installing pump stations to improve water pressure
- enhancing municipal fire service by installing new or replacement fire hydrants
- installing new or replacement customer meters
- implementing or upgrading the company's monitoring control systems, which enables plant operations and distribution facilities to be monitored from a centralized location
Pennsylvania American Water Pipeline Improvements Underway
Pennsylvania American Water is committed to providing high-quality, reliable water service to our customers. This requires continually investing in our treatment and distribution facilities. Below are system improvements underway or completed in recent years. These projects seek to improve the reliability of water service to the area.
- Archbald, Lackawanna County: The company installed approximately 1,200 feet of eight-inch water main along South Miller Street, replacing the existing four-inch pipe. Read more.
- Blakely, Lackawanna County: Approximately 1,600 feet of existing six-inch pipe was upgraded to new eight-inch pipe along Hickory Street in the borough. Another project planned for mid-September involves replacing approximately 300 feet of existing two-inch water main with new six-inch pipe along First Street.The company expects to complete final paving restoration of the roads by the end of September. Read more.
- Brownsville, Uniontown and the Mon-Valley: In October, Pennsylvania American Water announced the start of four water main projects, bringing its total 2008 investment in Brownsville, Uniontown and the Mon-Valley to approximately $5.6 million. The pipe upgrades planned for the fall, valued at more than $660,000, will improve service reliability and increase flows for firefighting. The company serves approximately 35,000 customers in Brownsville, Uniontown and the Mon-Valley. In 2008, Pennsylvania American Water has replaced nearly nine miles of water main throughout its local system. Starting in October, the company will be installing more than 5,400 feet of water main in the following locations. Read more.
- Uniontown - North Beeson Street, Delaware Avenue and Morgantown Street
- Elizabeth Township - Upper and Lower Long Hollow Roads
In addition, four water main replacement projects are planned in the coming months totaling approximately $1.5 million. The company recently started installing nearly 14,000 feet of water main in the following locations. The company expects to complete final paving restoration on each project by the end of June.
• West Askern Street – Crews are replacing two-inch cast iron pipe with new eight-inch ductile iron pipe.
• Crest Street to Jacob Street – The company is installing eight-inch ductile iron pipe to replace two-and-a-half-inch cast iron pipe.
• Franklin Avenue – Crews are replacing two-and-a-half-inch cast iron pipe with eight-inch ductile iron pipe.
• Cherry Lane – Beginning in March, Pennsylvania American Water will replace two-inch galvanized steel pipe with eight-inch ductile iron main.
• Pike Run to Venture Drive – The company will replace four-inch cast iron pipe with 12-inch ductile iron pipe. This project, which is scheduled to start in April, includes crossing a stream with the new water main.
• High Street – Beginning in early April, crews will replace approximately 2,100 feet of four-inch cement pipe with new eight-inch ductile iron pipe.
- West Pike Township
• Circle Road to Pike Run Road – Approximately 2,430 feet of four-inch cast iron pipe will be replaced with 12-inch ductile iron pipe. Three new fire hydrants will also be installed. This project started mid-February and is expected to be complete by mid-March.
- Butler, Butler County: Pennsylvania American Water replaced approximately 1,300 feet of aging steel pipe with new ductile iron water main along Federal Street, between North Washington and Broad streets. The company also replaced approximately 850 feet of cast iron main along the north and south sides of West Diamond Street, between South Washington and South Main streets. Read more.
- Camp Hill, Cumberland County: Pennsylvania American Water installed nearly 1,900 feet of new eight-inch ductile iron pipe along Columbia Avenue and Harvard Avenue, replacing water main that dates back to 1949. The improvements also included replacing two fire hydrants.
- Carbondale, Lackawanna County: In Carbondale, crews installed approximately 150 feet of eight-inch ductile iron pipe along Foster Place, replacing the existing four-inch pipe. Read more.
- Castle Shannon, Allegheny County: Pennsylvania American Water completed extensive rehabilitation work on its Castle Shannon water storage tank in Bethel Park in November. Work performed included sand-blasting, cleaning and painting the interior and exterior of the structure. This approximately $1 million improvement project allows the company to maintain water quality and improves the long-term integrity of the 2.4 million-gallon elevated storage tank.
- Clarion County: Pennsylvania American Water will be conducting system wide inventory and maintenance programs to rehabilitate the Clarion Area wastewater system. Pennsylvania American Water is investing approximately $1.1 million on this rehabilitation project, which includes manhole inspection and repair, surveying and sewer line rehabilitation and repair. For more information, view our customer notice.
- Claysville and Donegal Township: Pennsylvania American Water has embarked on a sewer system investigation study to support its newly acquired Claysville-Donegal Wastewater Treatment and Collection System. The goal of the $180,000 study is to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) that occur when sewer systems reach maximum treatment capacity and untreated wastewater is released into the environment. For more information, view our news release, customer letter, FAQ and the notice we placed in the newspaper.
- Derry Township, Dauphin County: We replaced nearly 3,300 feet of aging cast iron and galvanized steel pipe with new ductile iron water main along East Caracas Avenue and Trinidad Avenue. The cost of pipe upgrades is approximately $500,000. Read more about it.
- Elizabeth Township: The company installed more than 7,000 feet of aging water main in the following locations:
- High Street – Crews replaced two-inch pipe with new with six-inch pipe, as well as installing two new fire hydrants.
- Penrod Street – The company installed six-inch ductile pipe to replace two-inch steel pipe.
- Meade Street – We replaced two-inch cast iron main with six-inch ductile iron pipe.
- Lawnview and Outlook Drives – The company is replaced two-inch pipe with new eight-inch main.
- Hanover and Collier Townships: Pennsylvania American Water is in the process of installing a combined five miles of pipe to provide public water service and improved fire protection to 70 customers in Hanover, Washington County, and Collier Township, Allegheny County. Pennsylvania American Water secured approximately $2.4 million in low-interest financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to install the pipelines. Both projects will enable the company to bring public water service to families who currently depend on unreliable private wells, springs and cisterns for water. Click here, for more information on Hanover Township and Collier Township.
- Jefferson: crews replaced approximately 900 feet of two-inch main on McKinley Drive with new eight-inch pipe.
- McMurray, Washington County: Pennsylvania American Water installed water main in the following locations. Read more.
- Langloth - Francis Mine Road
- McMurray - Galley Road
- Washington and South Strabane Township - Glenn, Nevada and Idaho Streets
- Mount Pleasant, Washington County: Pennsylvania American Water completed an approximately $12 million pipeline extension to bring public water service for the first time to portions of Mount Pleasant Township in Washington County. The project included installing approximately 2.8 miles of water main and a 350,000-gallon water storage tank to provide quality, reliable water service to nearly 650 residents whose previous groundwater sources often failed to meet drinking water standards. The 350,000-gallon water storage tank located on Skyline Drive in Mount Pleasant Township supplies both communities with a reserve of water for emergencies, such as fire events and maximum peak demand.
- Philipsburg, Clearfield County: Pennsylvania American Water dedicated a $3.5 million capital project that is delivering public water service to a group of Clearfield County residents whose wells had been damaged by abandoned mining operations. The newly constructed water system will serve more than 100 homeowners in Boggs and Decatur townships. The new Eagle Eye water storage tank is a 100,000-gallon elevated structure in Boggs Township along Route 2049. In addition to the new tank, the company installed a pumping station, two pressure-regulating stations and more than 72,000 feet – or nearly 13.6 miles – of pipe. This project was a real benefit for area customers. Due to damage created by past mining practices, the residents’ wells produced inadequate supplies and poor water quality, with high levels of iron, manganese and bacteria.
- Pittsburgh, Allegheny County: Pennsylvania American Water embarked on an approximately $101 million improvement project at the Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant, Becks Run Pumping Station, Arlington Booster Station and E.H. Aldrich Treatment Complex. Together, the facilities are capable of producing 110 million gallons of water per day. The company provides drinking water for 500,000 people in western Pennsylvania. To kick off the project, Pennsylvania American Water officials, along with acting Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Austin J. Burke and state and local officials, participated in a groundbreaking event on June 25, 2010. Customers can also visit us on Facebook for project updates. Read more...
- Spring Brook Township, Lackawanna County: Pennsylvania American Water commemorated the completion of the approximately $10.2 million rehabilitation of its Watres Dam and Reservoir in Spring Brook Township, Lackawanna County, in November. The 12-month construction project included widening the spillway and related upgrades to improve the dam’s stability in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements for dam safety. For more information, click here.
Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers high-quality, reliable water and wastewater service. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that approximately $277 billion of capital spending will be needed between 2003 and 2022 to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards, and the USEPA estimates that approximately $388 billion will be needed between 2000 and 2019 to replace aging wastewater infrastructure. We intend to invest capital prudently to enable us to continue to provide essential services to our regulated water and wastewater utility customers. Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers quality and reliable water and wastewater service.
Nationwide, American Water, through its nineteen state subsidiaries, has spent about $1.5 billion in the past three years on infrastructure improvements across the country. We have a strong and ongoing commitment to investing in infrastructure and keeping it updated and we are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. Tap water costs about a penny a gallon - a remarkable value compared to any other utilities today. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that a household will pay.
American Society of Civil Engineers 2009 Report Card for America's Infrastructure
Full Report Card (pdf)
Drinking Water and Wastewater Sections (pdf)
Challenges In The Water Industry: Fragmented Water Systems
Challenges In The Water Industry: Infrastructure And Its Role In Water Supply