Aqua America to invest $450m to upgrade water infrastructure

Water services company Aqua America is set to invest $450m this year to upgrade critical water infrastructure in the communities it serves.

With an aim to ensure that clean and safe water reaches each customer, the company will spend the money to redevelop and replace water infrastructure across all the eight states it serves.

Aqua America engineering and environmental affairs senior vice-president Bill Ross said: “As a leading water utility, our number one priority is delivering safe, reliable drinking water to our customers.

“Infrastructure Week provides a great opportunity to increase awareness about the efforts Aqua makes to replace aging infrastructure, enabling us to provide quality water and reliable service.”

Under the infrastructure investment plan this year, the company will replace 150 miles of water mains across eight states, thereby preventing billions of gallons of water leaking from pipes and water mains.

Ross added: “Aqua employees understand the challenges facing the nation over the next few decades, and we work every day to do our part to help revitalise the nation’s infrastructure.

“Aqua is constantly repairing and replacing old, outdated facilities, water mains, water and wastewater plants, and well stations.”

Between 2012 and 2016, the company spent $1.5bn in infrastructure renewal, including the replacement of more than 700 miles of water mains.

Aqua America serves nearly three million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia in the US.