COUNTY—Local water utility service company Aqua Pennsylvania reported spending $11.9 million in 2017 on infrastructure upgrades in the Honesdale Division, consisting of Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties.
According to a press release, upgrades in Wayne County totaled $3.44 million.
Notable improvements completed last year included replacement of 2,200 feet of “aging leak-prone water pipe” with 6- and 8-inch cement-lined ductile iron pipe on Pine Creek and Fawn Drive in the Paupackan Lake Estates, states the release.
This project totaled $352,000.
Piping was also replaced in two places in Hawley Borough last year.
Leaky cast iron pipes 2,100 feet in length were replaced by new 8-inch cement-lined ductile iron pipes on Spring Street.
This repair cost $404,250.
Additionally, Main Street received a $330,000 improvement to 1,500 feet of similar piping.
“As a leading water utility, our number one priority is to deliver safe, reliable drinking water and wastewater services to our customers,” said Steve Clark, Aqua Pennsylvania Honesdale Division area manager.
“While infrastructure across the country is in critical need of replacement, Aqua Pennsylvania is proud to be playing a role in addressing this challenge head-on across the commonwealth. Our capital improvement program allows us to make continuous and necessary investments to update water treatment facilities, replace water mains and ensure we have dependable infrastructure in place,” he added.
Similarly to Wayne County, Pike County received $3.38 million in water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Likewise, Lackawanna County received $2.89 million and Monroe County received $2.22 million in similar improvements last year.
These improvements serviced a total of more than 25,000 customers in the company's Honesdale Division.
Across the Commonwealth last year, Aqua Pennsylvania improved more than $225 million in infrastructure improvements.
The company plans to spend another $227 million in Pennsylvania infrastructure improvements this year.
—Information from a release was used in this story.