SCRANTON, Pa. (July 7, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that a portion of the walking trail around the Lake Scranton reservoir open to pedestrian traffic beginning Wednesday morning, July 12 at 7 a.m..  The 3.5 mile trail has been closed since late February when a tornado touched down near Lake Scranton.  Damage from the tornado resulted in numerous trees blocking the trail and employee access to the water treatment plant.  


The walking trail will remain closed from the area where the path meets the roadway to the dam (near the fishing pier.)  Company contractors are continuing work to clear trees in that area.


“We appreciate the public’s patience while the contractors worked to clear this portion of the path,” said Traci Cross, senior manager of operations, Pennsylvania American Water. “Our initial focus was on maintaining service to our customers served by both the Lake Scranton and Nesbitt Water Treatment plants that were damaged by the tornado.”


Cross added, “Regular trail users will notice the amount of damage that was done and the scope of work necessary to ensure the public’s safety.”


The public is reminded that anyone using the trail should park in the designated lot along Route 307.  


Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.



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Location: Scranton
Issued: 07/07/17
Start Time: 12am
End Time: 12am
Expires: 12/31/17
Contact Name: Pennsylvania American Water
Contact Phone: 800-565-7292