Derry Township-based Pennsylvania American Water Co. said today that it plans to invest $16.5 million this year to build nine new water storage tanks and rehabilitate 14 others in the commonwealth.
A 750,000-gallon concrete tank construction project in North Annville Township is the only local project. That project is pegged at $1.4 million.
Other projects are in Allegheny, Bucks, Butler, Fayette, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, McKeon, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna and Union counties.
New construction is expected to cost $11.5 million, while rehab projects are slated at $5 million, according to the water company.
Pennsylvania American owns and maintains more than 275 storage structures. A subsidiary of New Jersey-based American Water Works Co. Inc., the Dauphin County company is the largest water utility in Pennsylvania. It serves about 2.2 million people.
The company has about 18,000 customers on the East Shore.
In related news, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure a “D” grade in its 2013 Report Card on the nation’s infrastructure.