Pennsylvania American Water Company (Pennsylvania American Water), a subsidiary of American Water Works Company, Inc., has started the pipe upgradation of six water main replacement projects in the Mon-Valley totaling around $965,000. When completed, the pipe upgrades will improve service reliability and increase flows for firefighting in Elizabeth Township and Jefferson Borough.

“These projects will replace 75-to-85-year-old pipe, ensuring that our customers receive quality, reliable water service for many years to come,” said Dave Gumbert, Pennsylvania American Water manager of field operations, southwest region.

In Elizabeth Township, the company recently started installing more than 7,000 feet of aging water main in the following locations:

High Street – Crews are replacing two-inch pipe with new with six-inch pipe, as well as installing two new fire hydrants. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-March 2009.

Penrod Street – The company will install six-inch ductile pipe to replace two-inch steel pipe. Construction is scheduled to begin the first week of April and be complete by the April 2009.

Meade Street – Beginning in early April 2009, crews will replace two-inch cast iron main with sixinch ductile iron pipe. Construction is expected to be completed by the end April.

Lawnview and Outlook Drives – The company is currently replacing two-inch pipe with new eight-inch main.

In Jefferson, crews are replacing about 900 feet of two-inch main on McKinley Drive with new eight-inch pipe.

Pennsylvania American Water expects to complete final paving restoration for all the projects by June 2009.

The company serves around 22,000 customers in the Mon-Valley. In 2008, Pennsylvania American Water invested more than $8 million in the Mon-Valley, replacing nearly nine miles of water main throughout its local system.

PAWC is contacting affected residents in advance regarding any temporary service interruptions.

American Water Works Company, Inc. is a US based water and wastewater utility company.