Virginia American Water Invests $1.325M in Westmoreland County Infrastructure

ALEXANDRIA, V.A. – September 4, 2020 – Virginia American Water will install a new pump station with a permanent generator, a hydropneumatics (pressure) tank and a storage tank at Stratford Drive in Colonial Beach beginning on or about the week of September 14.

This $1,325,000 investment will ensure water service reliability and increase well and storage capacity at the Potomac/Westmoreland Shores system to meet increased projected demands and Virginia Department of Health requirements. This improvement is part of Virginia American Water’s multimillion-dollar initiative to accelerate the renewal of water infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life in our communities across the state.

Virginia American Water’s contractor, Bowen, will begin work along Stratford Drive on or about September 14 and expects to finish in early 2021, weather permitting. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work outside of these hours is not expected unless required to maintain the project schedule.

For the safety of workers and the public, traffic restrictions and/or alternating traffic patterns may occur during work hours. All emergency vehicles and local traffic will be allowed access during construction. Virginia American Water values the safety of its workers and advises drivers and pedestrians to take caution in the vicinity of work sites.

Virginia American Water asks customers to recognize the essential work being done by its employees and contractors and reminds them to adhere to social distancing practices for everyone’s safety. If a customer sees a crew performing work in their area, and wishes to ask a question, they are encouraged to visit the website, call Customer Service at (800) 452-6863 or email

About Virginia American Water
Virginia 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 320,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Virginia 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 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 and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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