New Year's Icy Blast Reinforces Need to Guard Against Frozen Pipes, Says Pennsylvania American Waterarrow

January 02, 2018

Dateline City: HERSHEY, Pa. HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With arctic weather locked in place across the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania American Water today urged homeowners to act now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes. “We are experiencing extreme cold temperatures and wind chills, which means customers should take immediate steps to protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly damage,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jimmy Sheridan. Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb to the house, as well as any in-home piping. Pennsylvania American Water encourages residents to take the following precautions t...

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PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER BEGINS $4.1 MILLION WATER LINE PROJECT IN SCRANTONarrow

December 20, 2017

Project provides redundant line to ensure reliable service   SCRANTON, Pa. (December 20, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced a project to install approximately 6,000 feet of new 24-inch water main and two pressure reducing valve vaults in Scranton to improve reliability for customers and reduce service disruptions. The $4.1 million project will provide an additional supply line from the Lake Scranton Water Treatment Plant to customers in parts of Scranton.   “This new waterline will provide a second reliable supply for customers in the city’s Southside and West Side areas,” said Jeremy Nelson, project manager, Pennsylvania American Water. “The existing pipe serving this area is 110 years old, and while it’s still in good condition, a redundant line will allow us to maintain that pipe without affecting service to cu...

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Pennsylvania American Water Closes Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater Systemarrow

Pennsylvania American Water Closes Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System
December 18, 2017

Dateline City: MCKEESPORT, Pa. First transaction completed under commonwealth’s Fair Market Value legislation MCKEESPORT, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the wastewater system assets of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport (MACM). The purchase price is approximately $159 million. The transaction marks the first acquisition completed under Pennsylvania’s Act 12 of 2016, which allows municipalities to sell water and wastewater systems for a price based on the fair market value of the system. “As the first finalized sale under Pennsylvania’s Fair Marke...

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PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER ANNOUNCES $880,000 MCKEAN COUNTY WATER TREATMENT PLANT UPGRADEarrow

December 11, 2017

KANE, Pa. (December 11, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today that it will be investing approximately $880,000 to upgrade treatment facilities at the company’s Kane Water Treatment Plant. The investment will include upgrading the plant’s primary treatment facilities including the sedimentation basin, which was installed in the late 1800s. “Sedimentation basins are the first step in the treatment process and remove particles from the source water,” said Pennsylvania American Water Senior Project Manager Jed Fiscus. “This investment will better control source water into the plant and improve the overall operation of the sedimentation basin.” Construction started in October and is expected to be completed by spring 2018. Mealy Excavating and Construction, Inc. of Tionesta is the contractor for the project. The company does not an...

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ADDITIONAL SEWER LINE UPGRADES START IN PARKESBURGarrow

December 11, 2017

COATESVILLE, Pa. (December 11, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced the start of construction of more sewer line improvements in Parkesburg Borough to improve service reliability and prevent sewer blockages. The estimated cost of the project is $390,000. Starting this week, the company will install approximately 1,400 feet of new sewer pipe along 6th Avenue between Limestone Road and East and West Bridge Streets. Crews will work weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Traffic restrictions will be in place during construction hours, and motorists are urged to give themselves extra time when traveling through the area. Weather permitting, construction is expected to take two months to complete the sewer main installation, with final paving restoration scheduled for spring 2018. The project follows another sewer line replacement project that beg...

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Settlement Unanimously Approved in Pennsylvania American Water Rate Casearrow

December 07, 2017

Dateline City: HERSHEY, Pa. HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today unanimously approved a settlement that allows Pennsylvania American Water to raise water and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2018. The primary factor behind the rate increase is the approximately $1.26 billion of investments to replace and upgrade aging infrastructure since its last rate case in 2013. “We are pleased the commission has approved this fair and reasonable settlement, which balances our customers’ interests with the much-needed investments we make to ensure reliable, quality service,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre. “We appreciate the diligence and cooperation of the PUC Bureau of Investigation...

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Pennsylvania American Water Reminds Customers to Act Now to Prevent Frozen Pipes Laterarrow

December 05, 2017

Dateline City: HERSHEY, Pa. HERSHEY, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With weather forecasters predicting cold temperatures very soon, Pennsylvania American Water today advised homeowners to prepare their homes now to prevent frozen and damaged household pipes. “We have experienced some mild winters in recent years, but that doesn’t mean customers should neglect to protect vulnerable areas of their homes to avoid frozen pipes that can burst and result in costly damage,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations Jimmy Sheridan. “Protecting your home against the cold helps save on energy bills and safeguards your plumbing against the threat of breaks.” Property owners are responsible for maintenance of the water service line from the curb...

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NORRISTOWN SET FOR $400,000 WATER MAIN UPGRADEarrow

December 04, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (December 4, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today reported that additional water main replacement projects are starting in Norristown to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection. The projects, with a combined cost of approximately $400,000, will replace aging pipe dating back to the 1900s. Starting this week, crews will install nearly 600 feet of new eight-inch ductile iron main along Walnut Street between Main and Airy Streets. In addition, the company will replace approximately 1,000 feet of water main along Penn Street between Markley and Cherry Streets. The company expects to complete the new main installation, testing and disinfection, and connecting customers’ service lines by the end of December. Weather permitting, final paving restoration will take place by end of December. If not, final paving will be com...

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MORE WATER LINE UPGRADES ON TAP IN NORRISTOWN arrow

November 27, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (November 27, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced the start of water main replacement projects in Norristown to improve service reliability, prevent water outages and enhance fire protection. The projects, with a combined cost of approximately $550,000, will replace aging pipe dating back to the 1900s. Starting this week, crews will install nearly 1,200 feet of new eight-inch ductile iron main along Haws Avenue between West Marshall Street and West Main Street. In addition, the company will replace approximately 800 feet of water main along Jacoby Street between Swede Street and DeKalb Street. The company expects to complete the new main installation, testing and disinfection, connecting customers’ service lines, and final paving restoration by the end of December. Construction will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Traffic re...

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PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER ASKS CUSTOMERS TO HELP KEEP STORM DRAINS CLEARarrow

November 15, 2017

Falling leaves can block storm drains resulting in flooded roadways   SCRANTON, Pa. (November 15, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today reminded customers that falling leaves can block storm drains in their neighborhoods, resulting in excess stormwater and flooding conditions. Proper disposal of leaves and yard waste also keeps waterways clean and helps maintain water quality.   “Homeowners often rake fallen leaves to the curb for collection by their municipality,” said Mark Cross, manager of wastewater operations, Pennsylvania American Water. “Not all municipalities conduct curbside pickup of leaves. Wind or rain can wash those leaves down the gutter, blocking storm drains and causing additional issues during rain storms, including flooding streets.”   Pennsylvania American Water recommends leaves and other yard waste be...

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