Aqua Pennsylvania receives $6.7M in state funding for PFAS treatment facility

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The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority recently awarded Bryn Mawr-based Aqua Pennsylvania with a $6.7 million grant to build a PFAS treatment facility at the Edgely Water Treatment facility in Bristol Township.

The Edgely facility treats water from nine groundwater wells in Bristol Township and Bristol Borough for approximately 25,000 residents. Aqua temporarily turned off the facility, and customers are receiving drinking water from other sources, mostly the Bristol Water Treatment plant.

The PFAS treatment facility will remove the chemical from drinking water to meet regulatory limits. Work will include the installation of six 7-foot diameter filter vessels that will use an ion exchange method.

“We’ve been working for years on testing and removing PFAS from drinking water in the communities we serve in Pennsylvania, setting an aggressive removal target before regulations existed and now continuing to lead the way in this work to meet the new regulations,” Marc Lucca, Aqua Pennsylvania president, said. “This project highlights our commitment to our customers as well as our efforts to seek alternative funding to mitigate the cost impact on customers.”

Receipt of the grant means Aqua Pennsylvania will be able to complete the project without passing the cost on to customers.

Construction is scheduled to begin in July.