Pennsylvania utility invests $239 million in infrastructure improvements
Water infrastructure improvements worth $239 million have been completed in the state of Pennsylvania across the six state divisions of water utility company Aqua Pennsylvania this year, the company announced this week.
The investments follow a similar program competed in 2012, which saw another $259 million injected in such projects across Pennsylvania. The company serves about 1.4 million people in more than 31 counties and said that delivering high quality service to its customers is a top priority.
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Steve Tagert, president of Aqua Pennsylvania, commented that a large part of the investments made this year were aimed at replacing outdated water mains across the state. A significant proportion of the company's operations are located in the older areas of Pennsylvania and most mains had aged to the point where they needed urgent replacement, he said. About half of the total sum spent this year, or roughly $135 million, was used to replace 136 miles of old mains.
The remaining investments were spent on replacing associated service lines and hydrants, the company said. When replacing mains, every other aspect of the mains system should also be updated to achieve good results, including hydrants, valves and service lines, Tagert pointed out. In addition, Aqua also upgraded its water storage facilities and wastewater treatment facilities in 2013, the company said.