Pennsylvania American Water Begins $1.5 Million Water Line Upgrade Project in Wilkes-Barre
SCRANTON, Pa. (April 19, 2021) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced a $1.5 million project to install more than 6,000 feet of new pipe in Wilkes-Barre to improve reliability for customers, reduce service disruptions, and increase water flows for firefighting. The system improvements replace water main dating as far back as the early 1900s.
Starting this week, contractors will replace existing four- and six--inch cast iron pipe with new six- and eight-inch ductile iron pipe along several city streets, including:
- Kidder Street
- Hickory Street
- South Fulton Street
- Columbus Street
- Hanover Street
- Tannery 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, final restoration, and paving by mid-summer.
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. For more information, visit www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com 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 amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
External Affairs Manager, Northeast PA