Pennsylvania American Water announces 2015 tank rehab plan

Pennsylvania American Water announced on March 12 its plans to upgrade 15 of the state's existing tanks.

Sandblasting and repainting water storage tanks may sound unorthodox, but doing so will prolong their functional lifespan, protect water quality and continue to provide area fire protection, according to announcement.

It will spend about $6.7 million to upgrade tanks in West Mifflin Borough and Bethel Park Borough in Allegheny County; Carroll, North Franklin and South Strabane townships in Washington County; Ellwood City in Lawrence County; Punxsutawney Borough in Jefferson County; Kane Borough in McKean County; Springbrook Township and Chinchilla Borough in Lackawanna County; West Wyoming Borough in Luzerne County; West Hanover Township in Dauphin County; Lower Providence Township in Montgomery County; Yardley Borough in Bucks County; and Coatesville in Chester County.

This year’s plan follows the utility’s 2014 rehabilitation of 13 existing tanks and the erection of four new structures. The plans for this year has a lower budget, as last year’s costs totaled about $10 million.

During the rehabilitation procedure, crews will strip the tanks’ original paint and apply a new coating to prevent rusting and protect water quality. The endeavor is in compliance with state environmental protection law, and no service interruptions are anticipated.

Pennsylvania American Water is the commonwealth’s largest water utility, serving around 2.2 million customers. It is a subsidiary of American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, operational since 1886 and serving an estimated 15 million people in over 45 states and Canada.

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