Pennsylvania American Water Celebrates $24 Million Yardley Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Series of system improvements designed to continue safe and reliable water service to communities in Bucks County

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(L to R) David Applebaum, Yardley Borough council, Caroline Thompson, Yardley Borough council, John Lewis, Lower Makefield Township supervisor, State Representative Perry Warren, State Senator Steve Santarsiero, Justin Ladner, Pennsylvania American Water president, Dave Lentowski, Pennsylvania American Water project manager, and Gary Sanderson, Pennsbury School District school board member

YARDLEY, Pa. (Dec. 5, 2022) – Today, Pennsylvania American Water unveiled its recently upgraded Yardley Water Treatment Plant to community members and leaders. The $24 million investment includes a range of system enhancements and critical infrastructure improvements.

“Our Yardley Treatment Plant provides an essential service to the residents of Yardley Borough, Lower Makefield Township and Falls Township, and we are thrilled to unveil the latest investment into this facility,” said Justin Ladner, president of Pennsylvania American Water. “Upgrading our infrastructure allows us to continue the delivery of safe, reliable water service to our customers. This project represents a comprehensive investment and commitment to keeping pace with industry best practices, which is a central part of our work at Pennsylvania American Water.”

Work on the plant began in Summer of 2020 and was completed in Fall of 2022. Upgrades to the facility include:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection system to provide another layer of protection against viruses and bacteria that could be present in surface water sources   
  • Upgraded existing chlorine and ammonia gas systems for enhanced safety for employees and the community


The Yardley Water Treatment Plant can treat up to 6 million gallons of water per day. The system includes five storage tanks to provide drinking water and fire protection to nearly 36,000 people in Lower Makefield Township, Yardley Borough, and portions of Falls Township. This plant has been nationally recognized with Directors Awards from the EPA’s Partnership for Safe Water program for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards. The Yardley water system includes 192 miles of water main and 744 fire hydrants.  

A short video tour and overview of the plant upgrades can be found here:

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Pennsylvania American Water leadership: (L to R) Justin Ladner, president, Jim Runzer, operations vice president, Bruce Aiton, engineering vice president, Jim Gable, operations senior manager, Bryan Worthington, plant operator, Dave Lentowski, senior project engineer, Paul Hoffman, senior supervisor operations, Gerry De Balko, engineering manager, Joe Woodward, operations senior director, Marcus Kohl, water quality director, and Thom Chiomento, vice president of business development, government and external affairs.

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 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 (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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