HERSHEY, PA, March 22, 2013 -- Pennsylvania American Water unveiled today its 2013 construction schedule to build nine new water storage tanks, as well as rehabilitate 14 existing tanks throughout the commonwealth states of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The new tank construction will provide increased storage capacity to meet customer demand and improve fire protection, while the company’s rehab program of inspecting, sandblasting and repainting the existing tanks will extend their service life and protect water quality.
The estimated cost of the new tank construction is $11.5 million, and the rehab projects total approximately $5 million for a combined capital investment of nearly $16.5 million.
"Storage tanks are a critical component of our water infrastructure, because they ensure that adequate, reliable water supplies are always available for the communities we serve," said President Kathy L. Pape of Pennsylvania American Water, noting that the company currently owns and maintains more than 275 storage structures. "The new tanks we’re building are necessary to meet customer demands for reliable water service and fire protection."
About Pennsylvania American Water
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.