Pennsylvania American Water to upgrade water storage tanks in 15 towns

Pennsylvania American Water has unveiled its plans to rehabilitate 15 of its water storage tanks this year. The company’s $8 million tank rehabilitation program of inspecting, sandblasting and repainting tanks will extend their service life and protect water quality.

“Storage tanks are essential to our community water systems by helping ensure reliable water service to meet customer demand and provide fire protection,” Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre stated. “The rehab projects are prudent, proactive investments to extend the tanks’ lifespans, and are more cost-efficient than replacing the structures.”

This year, Pennsylvania American Water will rehabilitate and repaint existing tanks in the following municipalities:

– Allison Township, Fayette County – 127,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Archbald Borough, Lackawanna County – 500,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Baldwin Borough, Allegheny County – 800,000-gallon clarifier

– City of Scranton, Lackawanna County – 470,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Claysville Borough, Washington County – 250,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County – 110,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Evansburg, Montgomery County – 420,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Jefferson Hills Borough, Allegheny County – 300,000-gallon elevated storage tank

– Kingston Township, Luzerne County – 924,000-gallon ground storage

– Lemoyne Borough, Cumberland County – 400,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Norristown Borough, Montgomery County – 250,000-gallon elevated storage tank

– North Sewickley Township, Beaver County – 500,000-gallon ground storage tank

– Union Township, Washington County – 500,000-gallon ground storage tank

– West Caln Township, Chester County – 200,000-gallon elevated storage tank

– Young Township, Jefferson County – 300,000-gallon elevated storage tank

To rehabilitate the tanks, crews will strip the original paint and apply a new coating. During construction, the company does not expect customers to experience service interruptions.

The projects include mitigation procedures to ensure that paint fumes and dust levels are in compliance with air pollution control requirements mandated by local health departments and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The rehabilitation projects are in addition to the installation of a new 1.1 million-gallon water storage tank along Bellbridge Road in Lincoln Borough, which started during the summer of 2018. The approximately $4 million tank project will be completed by early summer of this year.

Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK).


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