Pennsylvania American Water will begin a series of water main installations and fire hydrant upgrades in its Pittsburgh District to improve service reliability for residents and increase flows for firefighting. The estimated cost of the upgrades is approximately $4 million.
"The infrastructure – particularly in the older neighborhoods where some pipe is more than 100 years old – is nearing the end of its useful life," said Jasun Stanton, Pennsylvania American Water manager of field operations, Pittsburgh District. "These investments are needed to replace aging and undersized water main and improve fire protection."
The company will install approximately 3.5 miles of new pipe to replace outdated cast iron mains in several area communities this winter. In the City of Pittsburgh new pipe will be replaced on Loyal Way in the 18th Ward; Leolyn Street in the 29th Ward; and, Lorna Way and Romeyne Way in the 30th Ward.
Pennsylvania American Water expects the pipe installation by June. Completion of paving restoration will be scheduled to follow.
The company will contact affected residents in advance in the event of temporary service interruptions. For more information, contact Pennsylvania America Water's customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.