Pennsylvania American Water plans to rehabilitate 14 of its water storage tanks and construct seven new structures across the region, including rehabilitating and repainting a 250,000 gallon ground storage tank in Spring Township.
Pennsylvania American Water’s tank rehabilitation program of inspecting, sandblasting, and repainting tanks extends their service lives and helps protect water quality.
The total cost of the company’s water storage improvements this year is approximately $16.5 million.
“Storage tanks are critical to meeting the supply demands of our customers and providing fire protection for our communities,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran.
“Properly and proactively maintaining tanks benefits our customers because of the cost efficiencies we can achieve by rehabilitating rather than replacing them.”
To rehabilitate the tanks, crews will strip the original paint and apply a new coating, which serves as a protective barrier that prevents the steel from rusting and impacting water quality. During construction, customers should not experience impacts on their water service.