Pennsylvania American Water Company has been extremely cooperative and timely answering the questions we have asked them about the proposed water treatment plant:
When is the new plant supposed to be installed?
Construction is expected to start in early 2017 and the new treatment plant is expected to be in operation before the end of 2018.
Where will the water be coming from?
The new plant will be using the Connoquenessing Creek as its primary source of supply for the plant and the Beaver Run as a secondary source. While we are changing sources, Pennsylvania American Water will be still dedicated to – and responsible for – delivering drinking water from the new plant that meets, or exceeds, state and federal standards.
The availability of these two rivers will help to ensure a vital redundancy in case of an emergency, or condition, which may render a source unavailable for treatment.
Furthermore, our Ellwood City team was recently awarded the prestigious Director’s Award-Treatment under the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water Program. The program is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and other water related organizations.
The award honors utilities for achieving operational excellence by voluntarily optimizing their treatment facility operations and adopting more stringent performance goals than those required by federal and state drinking water standards. We are proud to report that the Ellwood City system has met the voluntary goals of the program for the past 15 continuous years. This award should be considered even more impressive when you consider that our team is delivering high quality water in a 105-year-old facility that has reached the end of its useful life.