Pennsylvania American Water Announces $2 Million Washington County Water System Upgrade

Project Scheduled to Begin in McDonald Borough Next Week

MCMURRAY, Pa. (May 12, 2021) – Pennsylvania American Water announced today the start of construction to install approximately 2.5 miles of new water main in Washington County to improve service reliability and fire protection for residents. The cost of these system improvements is approximately $2 million.

Pennsylvania American Water contractors will start installing water mains at the intersection of State Route 980 and 6th Street in McDonald Borough on Monday, May 17, 2021. Contractors will continue to install the new water main along 6th Street during the next several weeks.

Crews also will install new water mains along Jefferson Avenue and 5th Street as part of the upgrades. Weather permitting, the McDonald project will be completed by late August. Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting in late May, Pennsylvania American Water contractors will install water mains along State Route 980 - from 803 Robinson Highway to approximately Laska Drive – in Robinson Township. Weather permitting, this upgrade will be completed by late September. Work hours will be Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Customers will be notified before the start of construction on all of these projects. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain the project schedule. Final street restorations are expected to be completed in the fall of 2021.

Company 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. If you have a question, visit our website or call us at 1-800-565-7292.

During construction, customers might experience temporary service interruptions, discolored water, and lower than normal water pressure. Crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of these temporary inconveniences. Once the pipe is installed, a temporary restoration will take place in the excavated area.

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. For more information, visit and follow Pennsylvania American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

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 7,000 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 help make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts

Gary Lobaugh

External Affairs Manager, Western PA