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Utility starts work on waterworks upgrades

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Virginia American Water recently announced the start of two major water infrastructure projects in Westmoreland Shores and Potomac Shores. The system upgrades, with a combined cost of approximately $150,000, will improve service reliability, water pressure and water quality for local customers.
“These two projects represent a critical investment by Virginia American Water to ensure that we provide customers with high-quality, reliable water service for many years to come,” said Virginia American Water President William R. Walsh.
The projects follow the rehabilitation of five water tanks earlier this year in Westmoreland County’s Potomac Shores, Ebb Tide and Glebe Harbor subdivisions.
Phase One of the first project consists of installing a well on Stratford Drive, near San Pedro Drive. This phase involves drilling, testing and developing the new groundwater production well, which is necessary to increase the number of permitted customer connections to the Virginia American Water system in Westmoreland Shores and Potomac Shores. Once completed, the well facility also will improve water service reliability and water pressure in the area.
Phase One begins this week, as crews will work weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The estimated duration of the project is eight weeks. During this time, some residents near the site might experience construction-related inconveniences, such as increased noise.
Phase Two of the well installation will begin following completion and testing of the well. The second phase includes the design, permitting and construction of the necessary production and treatment facilities at the well site. Virginia American Water anticipates that the new facility will be in service by mid-2014.
The second project, which also begins this week, is the installation of approximately 900 feet of eight-inch water main that will extend the existing water main on Stratford Drive from Shore Drive towards Wakefield Drive. The project will connect dead-end water mains and improve water pressure, water quality and service reliability.
Crews will work weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The estimated duration of the water main installation is three weeks. During the project, some residents of Stratford Drive might experience brief disruptions to their water service as the construction crews work near their homes. Crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of any temporary inconveniences.
Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to more than 300,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.  With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.