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Pennsylvania American Water Begins Coatesville System Upgrade

Dec 26, 2023 | Coatesville

Pennsylvania American Water has initiated a construction project aimed at replacing one mile of water main in Coatesville. The primary objectives of this endeavor are to enhance reliability for customers, minimize service disruptions, and augment water flows for firefighting purposes.

Valued at $4.3 million, this undertaking involves the replacement of 5,464 feet of an antiquated 24-inch pipe from the early 1900s with a new 16-inch ductile iron pipe. The existing section of the main poses maintenance challenges due to its proximity to the active SEPTA/Amtrack rail lines. To address this, the project will install a new 16-inch water main in a more accessible location.

Construction crews will be operational on weekdays from 7 AM to 5 PM, with traffic restrictions in effect along the route as the project progresses. Commencing this week on 1st Avenue, the project will follow a right of way to Coates Street, progressing from there to 3rd Avenue, Black Horse Hill Road, Foundry Street, North 11th Street, and concluding at the railroad overpass. The installation of the water main is anticipated to be completed by the end of August 2024, with final street restoration scheduled for late fall 2024.

Originally laid between Quarryville and Thorndale by the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1900 to 1910, the 24-inch cast iron main served as a water supply for trains. In 1955, the main was sold to WATCOPA Water, later becoming Octorara Water Company. In the 1990s, the City of Coatesville Authority acquired the line, and in 2001, Pennsylvania American Water took ownership.

Throughout the construction period, customers may experience temporary service interruptions, discolored water, and/or lower water pressure. Construction crews will work diligently to minimize the duration of these inconveniences. For additional information, customers can contact Pennsylvania American Water’s customer service center at 1-800-565-7292.

Beyond the immediate benefits to public health and safety, this infrastructure upgrade project contributes to the economic well-being of the communities served. Economic impact studies indicate that for every $1 million invested in water infrastructure, around 15 jobs are generated throughout the economy. In 2022 alone, Pennsylvania American Water invested approximately $490 million statewide to enhance water and wastewater treatment and pipeline systems, supporting over 7,000 jobs through these ongoing investments. More details can be found at Pennsylvania American Water’s website. For all Coatesville updates follow 19320GO!

Posted by Monica Ferguson

Monica is a senior at West Chester University studying Digital Marketing. She is excited about moving to Chester County and eventually starting her career there after graduation.

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