Pennsylvania American Water completed
construction of its new Ellwood Water Treatment
Plant. The new facility, which replaces a plant
that dated back to 1909, was designed to meet
or surpass drinking water standards so that
our customers continue to receive high quality
drinking water today – and for years to come.
Its design increases production capacity,
improves reliability and enhances safety. The
new plant is expandable and its processes
scalable to meet the future demands and
economic development needs of surrounding
communities. We also upgraded local water
mains and other system infrastructure to accommodate the new plant and improve
reliability and service.
Pennsylvania American Water worked
closely with the Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection and local stakeholders
throughout the construction process.
We thank our project neighbors and customers
for their patience throughout the construction
of this exciting new project, which represents
one of the largest infrastructure investments in
the region. Pennsylvania American Water will be
welcoming customers to an open house at the
new facility later this year.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When will I begin to receive water from the new treatment plant?
Customers living in close proximity to the plant, which is located in New Beaver Borough, will begin receiving water from the newly completed plant beginning the week of August 5, 2019. We anticipate the remaining customers will begin receiving water from the new treatment plant within the next few weeks.
Will there be any changes to my drinking water?
We do not anticipate any changes. However, the location of the new plant will cause some changes to the direction and speed of water flows inside the mains. As a result, customers may notice the temporary presence of sediment in their water. There is no health risk associated with this temporary condition that is common during infrastructure upgrades. Reports of increased sediment levels will be addressed with localized flushing.
Why was the new treatment plant needed?
The former Ellwood Water Treatment Plant, which
was constructed in 1909, met the end of its
useful life. Challenged by capacity and reliability
limitations, the aging facility made piecemeal
replacement of equipment cost prohibitive.
What is the new source of supply?
The new plant will have access to two sources of
supply: the Connoquenessing Creek and Beaver
River. Each can independently provide greater system reliability in the event of an emergency
or should either source be compromised.
Will these sources provide me with the same high quality drinking water?
Pennsylvania American Water will employ stateof-
the-art water treatment technologies that are
proven to effectively treat the sources of supply.
As always, Pennsylvania American Water remains
dedicated to — and responsible for — delivering
drinking water from the new plant that meets or
surpasses state and federal standards.
In addition, our Ellwood City team was awarded
the prestigious Director’s Award from the
Partnership for Safe Drinking Water Program.
The award honors utilities for achieving
operational excellence by voluntarily optimizing
their treatment facility operations and adopting
more stringent performance goals than those
required by federal and state drinking water
standards. We are proud to report that our
Ellwood system has met these voluntary goals
for the last 18 years.
Will my rates increase because of this project?
There will not be an immediate impact on rates.
Any rate changes must be approved by the PA
Public Utility Commission. Customers in the
new plant’s service area will not have to bear
the entire cost of the project, as our single tariff
pricing rate structure enables us to spread the
cost of this much needed upgrade across our