September 6, 2011 |

PA American Water kicks off $11 million in water system upgrades

Pennsylvania American Water has announced the start of construction to replace approximately 9.5 miles of aging water main in the Pittsburgh area to improve service reliability and improve fire protection for residents. The combined cost of the pipeline improvements is approximately $11 million.

"The replacement of these aging mains - that are in some cases more than 100 years old - will improve reliability for our customers," said Jason Stanton, Pennsylvania American Water manager of field operations for Pittsburgh. "These projects also will improve water pressure and fire flow."

The latest improvements are in addition to the company's investment of approximately $101 million to upgrade its Pittsburgh area water treatment facilities, which includes upgrades to the E. H. Aldrich Station in Elrama. Over the next several months, the company plans to replace aging water main in the following South Pittsburgh communities:

Baldwin Borough

• Walton Road

Brentwood Borough

• Bookman Avenue

City of Pittsburgh

• Becks Run Road (16th Ward)

• Comer Street (31st Ward)

• Cox Avenue (31st Ward)

• Elwell Street (31st Ward)

• Industry Street (18th Ward)

Mt. Oliver

• Elizabeth Street

• Verena Street

Pennsylvania American Water expects to complete installation of the new pipe, service connection tie-ins and final paving restoration by the end of November, weather permitting.

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