Berwick Water Company chartered in 1818


BERWICK, Pa. (April 12, 2018) – Pennsylvania American Water today celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the company’s Berwick Operations by hosting a special gathering of local and state officials.  The Berwick Water Company was chartered in 1818, and is American Water’s oldest predecessor company. 


“Although American Water itself was founded in 1886, many of the original water companies that joined to form our state subsidiaries have older origins,” said Jeffrey McIntyre, president, Pennsylvania American Water. “The Berwick Water Company may have changed names over the years, but the commitment to the customers in this area is just as strong as it was 200 years ago.”



The Berwick Water Company was created by 60 local residents to provide water to the area from a tributary of Briar Creek. The company’s charter was incorporated by the Pennsylvania legislature on January 27, 1818. In 1973, the Berwick system was among 14 local water companies that merged into the Keystone Water Company, which was acquired by Pennsylvania American Water in 1987.


Local officials and members of the business community joined company representatives and State Senator John Gordner, who delivered a proclamation recognizing the milestone.


“It is my honor to recognize Pennsylvania American Water, which has its roots here in my hometown of Berwick,” said Senator John Gordner (R-27.)  “The Senate citation that I presented today recognizes the company for its commitment to the highest standard of service and its contributions to our community and millions of customers around our state.”


In the December 5, 1968 edition of the Berwick Enterprise newspaper, then Berwick Water Company President Donald T. Burr was quoted as saying, “Berwick was one of the first 50 communities in America to have a community water system.” The article marked the company’s Sesquicentennial Celebration and Banquet and credited the establishment of the system for attracting industry, “which made the town prosper.”


Today, Pennsylvania American Water’s Berwick Operations serves approximately 6,200 customers in Berwick, Briar Creek Borough, Nescopeck, Briar Creek Township, and Salem Township.  Customers are served by four wells and two storage tanks.  The company maintains 84 miles of pipe in the distribution system. 


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 2.4 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 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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