We are recognized as a leader in providing communities with both safe and reliable wastewater service. Our licensed professionals and management staff bring a broad range of experience in the effective operation of wastewater systems, knowledge of various treatment technologies, successful meeting of wastewater regulatory compliance, and the efficient design and construction of capital projects.
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McKeesport was incorporated as a city in 1891 and thrived in the early 1900s. It manufactured more steel pipe than anywhere in the world. Its population peaked at 55,000 during the 1940s. Since that time, the decline of steel industry started a reversal of fortune. With it came a number of challenges.
In December 2017, Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater system assets of the Municipal Authority of the City of McKeesport. As the first finalized sale under Pennsylvania’s Fair Market Value legislation, this acquisition established a strong example for other communities to consider, as it creates the opportunity for municipalities to achieve fiscal stability and to invest wisely the sale proceeds.
In 2014, Missouri American Water won a public referendum and took over as the owner and operator of the wastewater system for the city of Arnold. The positive results of that transition, for both the city and its residents, has been remarkable.
In December 2016, Pennsylvania American Water acquired the wastewater system assets of Scranton Sewer Authority (SSA) – a Combined Sewer System that provides wastewater service to approximately 31,000 customers in Scranton and Dunmore. The transaction represented one of the largest wastewater acquisitions in the company’s history. Pennsylvania American Water was already the public water service provider for these communities and brought both the technical expertise and financial resources to meet SSA’s unique challenges, provide a long-term wastewater solution, and maintain reasonable rates for the customers. The acquisition marked a significant milestone for Pennsylvania American Water and its employees due to the size and scope of this wastewater operation and the environmental challenges facing the system.