INDIANA, Pa. (May 12, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today unveiled an approximately $3.2 million upgrade at its Two Lick Creek Water Treatment Plant to improve water service and safety for its Indiana County customers. The company hosted state and local officials to preview the project and provide tours of the facility.
“This investment will improve the reliability of the treatment processes and ensure the highest quality water,” said Jimmy Sheridan, vice-president of operations for Pennsylvania American Water. “It will ensure compliance with water quality regulations and eliminate safety concerns associated with the on-site storage of chlorine gas.”
Sheridan added that Pennsylvania American Water invests approximately $250 million to $300 million each year for system improvements to continue providing reliable water and wastewater service to customers. The Indiana event demonstrates the company’s support for the national advocacy and educational efforts around National Infrastructure Week, which takes place from May 15-19, 2017. Pennsylvania American Water and other American Water subsidiaries are continually investing to replace aging infrastructure, upgrade treatments facilities, and comply with the latest environmental standards.
The plant currently provides drinking water for approximately 19,000 people in Indiana Borough and portions of Armstrong and White Townships. The upgrades include the construction of two new intake structures, which will improve reliability and provide needed redundancy to the treatment process.
Pennsylvania American Water and its partner, Kukurin Contracting, started preconstruction activities in March 2017, and the company anticipates completing the project in spring 2018. Water service to customers will not be affected during construction.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 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 by visiting www.amwater.com.