Pennsylvania American Water seeks approval for purchase of water system

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Pennsylvania American Water recently filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) seeking approval to purchase the East Dunkard Water Authority’s (EDWA) water system assets for $5 million.

Pennsylvania American Water signed a purchase agreement in July 2023 and took over EDWA’s operations in February 2024. The PUC approved the takeover and the Commonwealth Court issued a directive after EDWA received several violations from the DEP during the past two years.

Pennsylvania American Water has upgraded EDWA’s water treatment plant to improve reliability and quality of the drinking water. Upgrades include enhancing the plant’s four filter systems and optimizing plant operation.

In addition, Pennsylvania American Water has repaired 31 leaks, implemented a flushing program to eliminate discolored water from the system, and upgraded a booster station.

“Our application with the PUC is another milestone in restoring confidence among EDWA customers in the safety and reliability of their drinking water,” Justin Ladner, Pennsylvania American Water president, said. “Under the court-ordered receivership, our team continues to make significant capital and operational improvements to bring the system into compliance.”

Pennsylvania American Water is a subsidiary of American Water and the largest regulated water utility in the state. It provides water and wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people.