Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, recently purchased Winola Water Co.’s water assets. Winola serves approximately 28 customers in Overfield Township in Wyoming County.
Since December 2018, Pennsylvania American Water has been operating the water system under a receivership and has invested more than $325,000 in upgrades.
Upgrades included additional piping and fixtures, well-house improvements, and the installation of a new storage tank. There are plans to install meters at the customer’s properties and replace pipelines in the distribution system.
“This system represents a challenge but also an important opportunity for our company – and a real plus for the customers who have been unable to use their water since 2018,” Mike Doran, Pennsylvania American Water president, said. “Pennsylvania American Water has a recognized track record in helping and making communities better by improving troubled systems and committing the technical expertise and resources needed to bring these operations into regulatory compliance.”
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved Pennsylvania American Water’s adoption of Winola’s existing year-round water rates.
Winola’s customers will be transitioned to monthly billing.
The PUC regulates Pennsylvania American Water’s rates and rules of service. The company’s rates are based on the cost of treating and delivering water and collecting and treating wastewater.