Aqua to invest $292m investment in Pennsylvania water infrastructure
Aqua Pennsylvania is to make a US$292m investment in infrastructure improvements in the state this year, after completing US$234m of similar projects in 2016.
Multiple projects will take place in several areas across the state to improve customers’ water and wastewater service. Some US$221m will be spent in Aqua’s southeastern Pennsylvania operating division - its most populated service area - which comprises parts of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
“Our efforts to replace aging infrastructure benefits our customers by enabling us to provide quality water and reliable service, and provides environmental benefits as well,” said Aqua Pennsylvania president Marc Lucca. “For instance, in 2016 in southeastern Pennsylvania, we identified approximately two billion gallons of ‘unaccounted-for water’ by finding and fixing leaking pipes.”
Lucca said that, in addition to replacing aging water mains, the company is making improvements to its water and wastewater plants, well stations, and storage facilities. “Our business is very capital intensive and we are constantly repairing and replacing old, outdated facilities,” he said. In accordance with Pennsylvania Utility Commission directives, the company is also undertaking a significant meter exchange program for water meters that are approaching the 20-year mark.
Aqua Pennsylvania serves approximately 1.4 million people in 32 counties throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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This article was published on 21 Apr 2017 (last updated on 21 Apr 2017).