WATER Aqua Ohio plans work



Aqua Ohio put $318,000 toward waterlines in Boardman and Canfield.
STRUTHERS -- Aqua Ohio Inc. will invest $1.6 million in improvements to its drinking water treatment and delivery systems in Mahoning and Trumbull counties this year. Its sister company, Aqua Pennsylvania, will invest $2.5 million in its Shenango Valley division.
Formerly Consumers Ohio Water Co., Aqua Ohio serves 74,000 people in Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Aqua Pennsylvania, formerly Consumers Pennsylvania Water Co., serves 60,000 residents in Mercer and Lawrence counties.
Improvements planned at Aqua Ohio are:
UA $300,000 upgrade for water treatment, security, repairs and backup power at the company's water-treatment plant in Poland.
UReplacement of 1,900 feet of a main waterline in Masury estimated to cost $100,000.
UA $200,000 project -- part of a $2 million rehabilitation slated for completion next year -- at Hamilton Dam.
UA $1 million project to replace aging waterlines, valves, fire hydrants, meters and service lines.
Planned improvements at Aqua Pennsylvania are:
UReplacement of 14,875 feet of water main, aging fire hydrants, valves, meters and service lines.
Aqua Pennsylvania's first main replacement project is under way this year -- a $200,000 undertaking, addresses 4,300 feet of waterlines along Wengler Avenue and Crowder and King streets in Sharon.
Replace, rehabilitate
"Our goal is to replace and rehabilitate the older parts of our system in a timely fashion," said Albert J. Sauline, vice president and division manager for Aqua Ohio and vice president and acting division manager of Aqua Pennsylvania.
"This ongoing investment is necessary to increase system reliability and maintain a quality product that meets or outperforms all federal and state drinking water standards," Sauline explained. "We are also committed to expanding our system to areas in need of a quality, reliable water supply."
To illustrate that commitment, Sauline said Aqua Ohio invested more than $318,000 toward waterlines in Boardman and Canfield along Western Reserve and Tippecanoe roads and along Summit Drive.
Fire protection
"We partnered with Mahoning County on this $1.4 million project that will bring much needed fire protection to both residential and commercial properties in what we consider a potential high-growth area," Sauline said. "It is already paving the way for residential and commercial growth along the Tippecanoe-Route 224 corridor."
The balance of that project is funded through a State Issue 2 grant of $563,000 and $150,000 from county sales tax revenue.
Aqua Ohio and Aqua Pennsylvania are subsidiaries of Aqua America Inc., the nation's largest publicly traded water utility. Aqua America provides water and wastewater services to 2.5 million residents in 14 states.

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