August 18, 2020

$1.9 Million Water Line Replacement Projects Start in Luzerne County

SCRANTON, Pa. (August 18, 2020) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced upgrades to more than 8,500 feet of water main in three Luzerne County communities to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions, and increase water flows for firefighting.  The project includes replacing nearly 2,000 feet of cast-iron pipe in Kingston and 2,500 feet in Plains.  Additionally, 4,500 feet of pipe will be replaced in Wilkes-Barre in addition to the $4.2 million in pipe replacement previously announced in April.  The cost of the new system improvements, which replace water main dating as far back as the 1890s, is $1.9 million.

“We’re committed to providing reliable water service to our customers and to do that, we need to reinvest in the local water infrastructure, particularly in areas where century-old pipe needs to be replaced,” said Traci Cross, senior manager of operations, Pennsylvania American Water. “Our strategic investments allow us to continue to provide customers with quality, reliable water service for years to come.”

The project, which got underway earlier this month, involves replacing existing small-diameter cast iron pipe with new eight-inch ductile iron mains along several city streets in the following areas, including:

  • Kingston
    • Richard Street
    • Frederick Street
  • Plains
    • South Cleveland Street
    • Clark Lane
  • Wilkes-Barre
    • Finn Street
    • Brazil Street
    • Central Lane
    • Burt Lane
    • Westminster Street

Crews will work weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Traffic restrictions will be in place during construction.  The company expects to complete the water main installation, including transfer of all customer services by the end of December, with final restoration and paving scheduled for Spring 2021.

During construction, customers might experience temporary service interruptions, discolored water, and/or lower than normal water pressure.  Crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of these temporary inconveniences. 

Pennsylvania American Water employees and contractors will exercise caution and follow CDC guidance for social distancing and hygiene while performing this work. For our customers’ safety and the safety of our employees, we ask that members of the public do not approach our employees or contractors.  For more information, contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.

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 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to 15 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 TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

This release contains forward looking statements, including, among others, our plan to continue our long-term strategy of capital investment in our systems. There are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including: general economic business conditions, unfavorable weather conditions, changes in regulations or regulatory treatment and availability and the cost of capital. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.                             

Media Contact:

Susan Turcmanovich
External Affairs Manager
T: 570-351-0120
C: 570-332-6726

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