Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. (Aqua) Chairman Nick DeBenedictis will host state and local officials at the site of the company’s largest water treatment facility— Pickering serving customers in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties—to unveil nearly $20 million of improvements recently made to the facility located in Schuylkill Township, Chester County.
The projects include a new residuals waste handling facility using de-watering technology which has virtually increased the capacity of the plant’s sludge lagoons by reducing the amount of water in the waste, thereby increasing capacity for solids; two new energy efficient raw water intake facilities with total pumping capacity of 76 million gallons per day; an improved floodwall designed to protect against a 100-year flood; and a new equipment maintenance and storage facility.
In addition to the direct benefit of having upgraded treatment facilities, Aqua’s capital investment at the Pickering facility—along with work the company recently completed at its Crum Creek water treatment plant in Delaware County and its Neshaminy water treatment plant in Bucks County—generated approximately 135 full-time equivalent jobs. Aqua’s commitment to public health and sustainability is demonstrated by the substantial financial investment it continues to make in its treatment facilities and distribution system to ensure that its customers have quality drinking water and reliable service well into the future.
Attending will be Pennsylvania State Representatives Paul Drucker; Barbara McIlvaine Smith; Mike Vereb; Bob Godshall, Tom Quigley, and a representative from State Representative Tim Briggs office; Public Utility Commissioner Rob Powelson; Chester County Commissioner Cathi Cozzone; Schuylkill Township supervisors Fred Parry, Barbara Cohen, and James Morrison; and Chester County Planning Commission Chairman Judy DiFilippo. Other invited guests include representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.