Pennsylvania American Water commences water line extension in Butler County, US

Pennsylvania American Water has started construction to extend water lines in Butler County, US to provide public water service to the Summit Township Elementary School and around 100 residential customers.

In January this year, the school was closed in the wake of reports suggesting lead and E.coli contamination, which was caused by its on-site well.

Pennsylvania American Water operations senior director Wynn Morgan said: “This project came together with strong community support and cooperation from the Butler Area District Board of School Directors, State Representative Brian Ellis, State Senator Donald White and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“Thanks to this partnership, we hope to bring safe, reliable water service to Summit Township Elementary School students in time for the start of the new school year, as well as for many local customers.”

The upcoming water line will connect to the company’s existing Butler water system, which serves around 19,000 customers.

Pennsylvania State Senator Donald White said: “Providing a safe and reliable water supply for area residents and especially the students attending Summit Township Elementary School became an obvious priority over the past several months.

“This work will address the serious health issues related to lead and E. coli contamination that pose a true hazard to the students.”

As part of the extension work, crews will install about 2.4 miles of 12-inch ductile iron pipe along Hirchberger Street, Simon Road, Herman Road, Bonnie Brook Road and Brinker Road.

Works related to new main installation, testing and disinfection, and connecting customers’ service lines to the new main are expected to be completed by the end of August, while final paving restoration is slated for September this year.