Punxsutawney, Pa. (October 4, 2019) – Pennsylvania American Water officials today hosted state and local officials and the “Seer of Seers,” Punxsutawney Phil, to mark the completion of rehabilitation of the Punxsutawney Area Hospital water storage tank. During the approximately $550,000 project, the company repainted the structure to provide a protective barrier and prevent the steel from rusting and compromising water quality.
“We are pleased to commemorate the completion of upgrades to this vital part of our local system with Punxsutawney Phil,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran. “His image freshly adorns a rehabilitated structure that will ensure that adequate, reliable water pressure and emergency water supplies for fire protection are always available for the community.”
The rehabilitation project started in August and involved inspecting, sandblasting and repainting the tank. Crews stripped the original paint and applied a new coating on the ground storage structure located adjacent to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital. The tank was built in 1978 and was last repainted in 1994.
Doran added, “The rehabilitation of this tank marks the completion of a three-phase, $2.2 million investment, that also included the construction of a new pump station and the installation of 3,200 feet of new water main here in Punxsutawney. We also took this opportunity to improve the safety of this infrastructure.”
A primary focus of this project was making safety, sanitary and structural improvements including electrical upgrades to the interior of the tank and the addition of new safe-climb devices on all ladders. The tank is expected to be put back into operation this fall and there will be no disruptions to service for our local customers.
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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in 45 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 amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.