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Pennsylvania American Water Hosts Groundbreaking for $10 Million Upgrade at Pittsburgh Area Water Treatment Facilities

Pennsylvania American Water officials, along with acting Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Austin J. Burke and state and local officials, participated in a groundbreaking event to kick off the company’s approximately $101 million improvement project for its Pittsburgh area water system. The company is upgrading its Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant, Becks Run Pumping Station, E.H. Aldrich Water Treatment Complex and Arlington Booster Station, which supply drinking water to approximately 500,000 people.

“This investment represents one of the largest in the company’s history,” said Kathy L. Pape, president of Pennsylvania American Water. “The improvements will enable our drinking water facilities to meet new regulatory standards, improve our treatment process, and provide an economic boost to the region.”

Pennsylvania American Water is making this investment to ensure its drinking water continues to comply with all U.S. EPA drinking water standards. The system upgrades will enable the company to meet new, more stringent requirements and improve its water treatment process.

“The Commonwealth is pleased to partner with Pennsylvania American Water in this important investment,” said Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development Acting Secretary Austin Burke. “Pennsylvania’s aging water-related infrastructure creates a difficult and costly challenge for communities needing vital upgrades to their drinking water facilities. Investing now in upgrades will help to protect the health and safety of our people, our communities and our economy by ensuring a safe and adequate supply of water. The improvements will pay dividends for years to come.”

Pape said the investment is being partially funded through the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority’s (PEDFA) tax-exempt program. “By taking advantage of PEDFA funding, we were able to reduce our cost of capital for these important infrastructure upgrades,” Pape said.

Pennsylvania American Water hired Kokosing Construction Company Inc. of Westerville, Ohio. Kokosing was chosen using a competitive bid process, which included local and national bidders. Greater Pittsburgh Area contractors will comprise 80 percent of the workforce, with local suppliers also provided opportunities to participate in these projects.

The following upgrades and new facilities are expected to be in service by November 2011:

Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant & Becks Run Pumping Station – Built in 1894 when Pennsylvania American Water was known as the South Pittsburgh Water Company, the Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant and Becks Run Pumping Station are capable of delivering 60 million gallons of water per day to communities in southern Allegheny and northern Washington counties. The Becks Run intake was constructed in 1905, delivering river water approximately two miles up Becks Run Road to the Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant. Pennsylvania American Water’s upgrades will replace infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life. The construction includes:

  • New Monongahela River intake structure
  • New raw water pump station
  • Installation of 3,000 feet of new 42-inch water main
  • New finished water storage and pump station structure
  • New chemical feed facilities

E.H Aldrich Treatment Complex & Arlington Booster Station – Constructed in 1960, the E. H. Aldrich Treatment Complex is located in Elrama, with the capacity to deliver 50 million gallons of water per day to communities in southern Allegheny and northern Washington counties. Located in the Arlington section of the City of Pittsburgh, the Arlington Booster Station helps pump water to key service areas. In addition, the booster station ensures fire protection when the Hays Mine Plant is unavailable during maintenance and times of emergency.

Both facilities will receive new chemical storage and feed facilities.

The upgrades will also improve public safety at the company’s Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant, Becks Run Pumping Station, Arlington Booster Station and E.H. Aldrich Treatment Complex. The company is replacing gas chlorine with on-site liquid chlorine generation, which will address concerns associated with chlorine gas storage.


American States Water Company Announces Agreement for the Cadiz Water Conservation Project

American States Water Company announced that it has signed, through its subsidiary, Golden State Water Company (GSWC), an agreement to proceed with the Cadiz Water Conservation & Storage Project (Cadiz Project) and participate in the Cadiz Project's environmental review. The agreement grants GSWC the right to acquire a firm annual supply of water once the environmental review is complete. GSWC will also commit funds to the environmental review and has committed to the goal of a general "environmental benefit" for the operation of the project.

Under the terms of the agreement, GSWC has the right to acquire an annual supply of 5,000 acre-feet of water at a pre-determined formula once the environmental review is complete. In addition, GSWC has the option to acquire storage rights in the Cadiz Project to allow GSWC to manage the supply as part of its overall water supply portfolio. "We are pleased to be part of this project that brings new supplies to the area, potentially relieving pressure on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and other stressed resources in the region," said Robert Sprowls, CEO of AWR and GSWC.

Cadiz, founded in 1983, is a publicly-held renewable resources company that owns 70 square miles of property with significant water resources and clean energy potential in eastern San Bernardino County, Calif. The company is engaged in a combination of water conservation and supply, solar energy and organic farming projects.


Pennichuck Engineer Receives BIA Award

John BoisvertPennichuck Corporation announced that John Boisvert, chief engineer for the company’s Pennichuck Water Works subsidiary, received an “Above and Beyond Award” at the recent Annual Business Meeting of the Business and Industry Association (BIA). The purpose of this award is to publicly thank BIA members and acknowledge their work on behalf of the greater New Hampshire business community. Boisvert serves on the Environmental Affairs committee of the BIA.

According to Jim Roche, president of the BIA, “John and the other recipients of this award do much of the heavy lifting for our organization. This is our way of thanking those members who make the extra effort.”

The BIA, which is New Hampshire’s statewide chamber of commerce and leading business advocate, works with legislators and state regulators to develop and shape pro-business public policy. Its mission is to promote a healthy business climate and robust economic future for New Hampshire. Visit for more information on BIA.


American Water Named in Computerworld's 2010 Best Places to Work in IT

American Water Works Company Inc., announced that it has been named to the list of 2010 Best Places to Work in IT by IDG's Computerworld magazine. This honor is presented annually to organizations that challenge their information technology staffs while providing great benefits and competitive compensation. Honorees will be included in Computerworld's June 21 issue.

In addition to being a great place to work for people in many career specialties, American Water is currently undergoing a business transformation process that presents IT professionals with an extraordinary opportunity to help transform a company from technologies of the '80s and '90s to an entirely new generation of technologies.

"Our people are creating, engineering, designing, developing and largely greenfielding a new future for the underpinning technology at the leading water and wastewater company in the nation, in an industry that is critical to the infrastructure of this country," said Emily Ashworth, vice president and chief information officer. "When you couple this stimulating and challenging work with all the other benefits of working at American Water, it's truly an exceptional career opportunity for IT professionals."

Since 1994, Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT feature has ranked the top 100 work environments for technology professionals, based on a comprehensive questionnaire regarding company offerings in categories such as benefits, diversity, career development, training and retention. In addition to providing great benefits and competitive pay, the organizations that made this year's Best Places to Work list sustain a dynamic work environment in which IT professionals keep their hands on the latest technologies and work on projects that are business-critical.


SouthWest Water Website Wins 2010 Hermes Platinum Award

SouthWest Water Company said that its website,, won a 2010 Hermes Platinum Award for excellence in quality, creativity and resourcefulness. The redesign of the website, launched in 2009, was driven by the company's desire to showcase its focus on customer service and pride in being good stewards of water resources.

"We strongly believe in our tagline that 'With Water Comes Responsibility,'" said DeLise Keim, vice president of corporate communications for SouthWest Water. "We designed our website to speak to that commitment by choosing illustrations that demonstrate a thoughtful approach to all things water and by paying careful attention to the site's navigation for ease of customer use. We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by this prestigious award."

The project was managed by Eva Sevcikova, communications specialist for SouthWest Water, with website design by KBDA, programming and development by Mineral, LLC, and illustrations by Craig Frazier. The new website was part of the company's efforts to rebrand all of its divisions under one common name and logo. The rebrand campaign won a 2010 Hermes Gold Award, given in recognition for exceeding the high standards of the industry norm.

The 2010 Hermes Awards, presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), is a competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. The AMCP is an international organization consisting of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and freelance professionals. There were more than 3,600 entries from throughout the United States and several other countries in the Hermes Creative Awards 2010 competition. About 18 percent of the entries won the Platinum Award, the organization's top honor.


AWWA American Water Scholarship Awarded to Virginia Tech Graduate Student

American Water Works Company Inc., announced that Amanda Martin, a graduate student at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the AWWA 2010 American Water Scholarship. Administered by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the 2010 American Water Scholarship and the other AWWA 2010 scholarships were announced at AWWA’s ACE10 event in Chicago.

The AWWA American Water scholarship is an annual award of $5,000 presented to a graduate level student to assist with the development of professionals interested in service to the water industry. Applications are submitted to AWWA each fall. For more information about AWWA scholarships, visit


Middlesex Water Company Announces Board Change

Middlesex Water Company has announced the resignation of John P. Mulkerin from its board of directors, effective as of the board of directors meeting held June 22, 2010. Mulkerin was a Class I Director whose term was to expire in May 2012.

Mulkerin was elected to the board in 1997 and has since served as chairman of the company's Audit Committee and as the designated Audit Committee Financial Expert. He also served as a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Pension Committee.

"John's financial, legal and management background has been a tremendous asset to the Board of Middlesex Water for the past 13 years. We are grateful for his years of dedicated service, his leadership and for his valued counsel with respect to executing the company's plans," said Dennis W. Doll, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

Steven M. Klein, a member of the Audit Committee since September 2009, was appointed chairman of the Audit Committee and named as the designated Audit Committee Financial Expert at the June 22, 2010, board of directors meeting, to succeed Mulkerin in these capacities.


American Water Receives National Awards for Excellence in Water Quality

American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest investor-owned U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce the receipt of 24 Directors Awards of Recognition from the Partnership for Safe Water. Twenty-three plants received awards for maintaining Phase III certification for 10 years, and one plant was presented with its first Directors Award for Phase III certification. The partnership is a voluntary initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations to recognize water suppliers that consistently achieve water treatment standards that surpass EPA regulatory requirements. The awards were presented during the 2010 American Water Works Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

“Our employees are committed to delivering the best water quality possible to our customers,” said Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer for Regulated Operations. “We're pleased to achieve this recognition from the partnership as a testament to our dedication to operational excellence.”

The following American Water treatment plants were recognized in 2010 for maintaining the Phase III Directors Award status for 10 years:

Illinois American Water

  • Pontiac Water Treatment Plant
  • Streator Water Treatment Plant

New Jersey American Water

  • Delaware River Water Treatment Plant
  • Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant

Pennsylvania American Water

  • Aldrich Water Treatment Plant
  • Bangor Treatment Plant
  • Brownell Treatment Plant
  • Ceasetown Treatment Plant
  • Ellwood Water Treatment Plant
  • Fallbrook Treatment Plant
  • Forest City Treatment Plant
  • Gerald C. Smith Treatment Plant
  • Hays Mine Water Treatment Plant
  • Indiana Water Treatment Plant
  • Kittanning Water Treatment Plant
  • Milton Water Treatment Plant
  • Montrose Treatment Plant
  • Nesbitt Treatment Plant
  • New Castle Water Treatment Plant
  • Oneida Valley Treatment Plant
  • Philipsburg Water Treatment Plant
  • Silver Spring Treatment Plant

Tennessee American Water

  • Citico Treatment Plant