Pennsylvania American Water applies for takeover permit from East Dunkard Water Authority

Follows the court-ordered takeover of operations by Pennsylvania American Water to implement necessary system improvements

MECHANICSBURG, Pa., June 21, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pennsylvania American Water today filed an application with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) for approval to acquire the water system of the East Dunkard Water Authority (EDWA). Pennsylvania American Water has signed a purchase agreement with EDWA to acquire the water system assets for $5 million in July 2023.

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

Pennsylvania American Water took over operations of EDWA on February 8, 2024, at the direction of the Commonwealth Court and with the approval of the PUC. This decision was made because EDWA had several DEP violations over the past two years.

Over the past four months, Pennsylvania American Water has made a number of important improvements to EDWA's water treatment plant. These include improving the plant's four filtration systems and optimizing plant operations, which now run with greater efficiency and longer lifespans rather than shutting down multiple times a day. These improvements have improved the reliability and quality of drinking water.

Pennsylvania American Water has also focused on improving EDWA's distribution system, resulting in the repair of 31 leaks, saving 4 million gallons of treated water over the same four-month period, upgrading a booster station, and implementing a flushing program to remove discolored water from the system.

Click here to watch a recently produced video about Pennsylvania American Water's progress toward EDWA system compliance.

About Pennsylvania American Water
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the state's largest regulated water utility, providing high-quality, reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people.

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