Aqua Pennsylvania Spearheads Lead Pipe Replacement in Chester County

Aqua PennsylvaniaCredit: Aqua Pennsylvania

CHESTER COUNTY, PA — Aqua Pennsylvania’s endeavor to bolster public health and safety involves a significant undertaking to replace customer-owned lead and galvanized service lines in various Chester County communities. This effort will benefit numerous residents and business proprietors, showcasing Aqua Pennsylvania’s commitment to the delivery of safe and dependable drinking water.

Customer-owned service lines are the pipes that connect homes and businesses to the water main, typically extending from the curb to the property. While Aqua Pennsylvania already treats drinking water for corrosion control, the replacement of these older pipes will further mitigate potential risks associated with lead.

Marc Lucca, Aqua Pennsylvania President, highlighted the company’s dedication to curbing lead exposure. “This project underscores our commitment to eliminating lead from service lines across the state,” he said. “We’re eager to collaborate with customers to ensure their drinking water is supplied through the safest, most modern materials.”

The initiative will result in the replacement of approximately 450 customer-owned service lines, primarily in West Chester Borough and West Goshen Township. Additional replacements are also slated for Birmingham, East Bradford, East Marlborough, and Westtown Townships. Aqua has contracted local plumbers to undertake the work, encompassing both pipe replacement and ground repair.

In a move that demonstrates its commitment to the community, Aqua Pennsylvania will bear the cost of the project, sparing customers any direct expenses. The project’s overall costs have been reduced thanks to funding secured from PennVEST (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority), a state agency that provides low-interest loans for design, engineering, and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, stormwater conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems. A two-year warranty on the replacements will also be provided.

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Lucca expressed his gratitude to PennVEST for their financial assistance, noting the importance of minimizing the financial impact of such necessary upgrades on homeowners and business owners.

While the project is expected to span two years, Aqua Pennsylvania has committed to expedite the work wherever possible to minimize disruption for its customers. This initiative is signals Aqua Pennsylvania’s commitment to delivering safe drinking water and its proactive approach to infrastructure modernization.

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