Pennsylvania American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, announced plans to rehabilitate seven of its water storage tanks in 2020, including a 250,000-gallon ground storage tank in Spring Township, Berks County.
The estimated $6.1 million project, which involves inspecting, sand blasting and repainting tanks, is aimed at extending service lives and protecting water quality, ensuring that water supplies remain plentiful. Maintaining water tanks on a regular basis reduces the likelihood they will need to be replaced, saving money in the long run.
“Storage tanks are a critical part of our water infrastructure to provide adequate supplies to meet customer demands and provide fire protection for our communities,” said Mike Doran, president of the Mechanicsburg, Dauphin County-based company. “Properly maintaining tanks benefits our customers because of the cost efficiencies we can achieve by rehabilitating rather than replacing them.”
Customers should not experience any disruptions or problems with their water while work on storage tanks is underway, officials said.
The company is currently is replacing about 600 feet of aging cast iron water main in Spring Township. Work began last month to install new pipe on Peachwood Drive between St. Albans Drive and Octagon Avenue. The project is expected to be completed by the fall.
Other tank rehabilitation projects are planned for Jenkins and Kingston townships and Mountain Top in Luzerne County; North Sewickley Township, Beaver County; North Union Township, Fayette; and Union Township, Washington County.
Announcement of the tank rehabilitation program coincides with the company’s “Tank You Week,” a social media campaign focused on creating awareness of the important role of water storage tanks. Information is available on the company’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media platforms.
Statewide, Pennsylvania American Water supplies water and wastewater services to about 2.4 million people.