WAYNE COUNTY – Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. announced it plans to make $8.2 million of water infrastructure improvements throughout its Honesdale operating division, which includes parts of Wayne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Pike counties.
Aqua also announced it has hired Paul Brindle of Lakeville as field supervisor of its Honesdale operations, which includes about 40,000 residents in parts of four counties.
Regarding the water work, $7 million is planned to address the replacement of aging water mains in the area.
Included in the planned work are:
• Replacement of 3,600 feet of small diameter cast iron pipe with 12-inch ductile iron pipe on Main Street in Honesdale. Aqua is awaiting a permit for the work.
• Replacement of 3,000 feet of old small diameter cast iron pipe with eight-inch ductile iron pipe on Tyron Street, Young and Tracy streets and Quarry Road in Honesdale.
Aqua has not yet received a permit for that project and bidding will be done when the permit is received, said Aqua spokeswoman Donna Alston.
• Replacement of 1,400 feet of old small diameter cast iron pipe with eight-inch ductile iron pipe on Prospect Street and Ridge Avenue in Hawley. Ground was broken on Monday and the project is scheduled for 60 to 90 days.
• Replacement of 3,600 feet of small diameter cast iron pipe with eight-inch ductile iron pipe on Church Street in Hawley. Aqua has received a permit and work could follow that of Prospect and Ridge.
Aqua Pennsylvania’s Honesdale Division serves a population of more than 25,000 people in Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties.
Brindle will supervise 12 division employees and be responsible for the utility’s day-to-day maintenance, construction and water treatment operations, including the execution of its capital program.
The program is expected to exceed $8 million of infrastructure improvements in 2014.
Brindle has 27 years of utility and construction management experience having run his own construction business for 27 years, 10 of which he was contracted to operate the Paupackan Lake Water Company.
During that time he was responsible for system operation, maintenance and upgrades, as well as water testing and reporting results to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.