New Beaver Borough, PA (BUSINESS WIRE) - Pennsylvania American Water announced today that customers will begin receiving water from the newly completed $50 million Ellwood Water Treatment Plant beginning the week of August 5, 2019. Located in New Beaver Borough, the new treatment facility serves approximately 18,000 customers in southern Lawrence and Butler Counties and northeastern Beaver County.
“We’re extremely proud of this new investment that ensures our Ellwood Treatment plant customers continue to receive high quality drinking water today – and for years to come,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre. “The new plant was designed to produce a higher quality of drinking water that will meet, or exceed, all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.”
Customers living in close proximity to the new plant in New Beaver Borough will begin receiving water beginning the week of August 5, 2019. Pennsylvania American Water anticipates the remaining customers receiving water from the new treatment plant in the next few weeks.
The existing Ellwood Water Treatment Plant was constructed in 1909 and had reached the end of its useful life span. The 110-year-old facility had capacity and reliability limitations, while the new plant has increased production capacity, improved reliability and provides enhanced safety for the company’s employees.
The new facility is expandable and its processes scalable to meet the future demands and economic development needs of surrounding communities. The company made significant investments to upgrade local water mains and other system infrastructure to accommodate the new plant and improve reliability and service.
The Connoquenessing Creek is the primary source of supply for the new plant and the Beaver River is the secondary source. These two sources of supply are important redundancies in case of an emergency or river condition impacting water quality and rendering either unavailable for treatment.
The company designed the plant’s treatment process specifically for the water characteristics of the Beaver River and the Connoquenessing Creek to ensure that water quality meets or surpasses regulatory standards.
Construction of the new treatment plant started in early 2017 and was completed in 2018. Pennsylvania American Water chose Reynolds Construction LLC of Orleans, Indiana, as the project’s primary contractor and Pittsburgh-based Mascaro Construction of Pittsburgh as the subcontractor.
McIntyre added, “There’s nothing that can replace the local pride that western Pennsylvanians bring to their jobs, and we wanted that dedication on this project. Our team and local contractors worked together to provide an economic boost to the region in support of this modern water treatment plant.”
The company and its contractors worked with local labor and suppliers including: Construction and General Laborers Union Local 964; Wampum Hardware; Blank Concrete and Supply of Ellwood City; Amerikohl; Byers Trucking; Castle Builders Supply; and The Copy Shop of New Castle.
The public will have the opportunity to tour the new facility this fall. Customers can also access project information by visiting www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com and clicking the link on the homepage, or visiting Facebook and searching for keyword “Pennsylvania American Water.”
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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