Water line upgrade underway in Royersford

Sub-contractors for Pennsylvania American Water work on the installation of a new water main on Chestnut Street in Royersford. Photo by J. Finneran/21st Century Media

On Monday, July 15, Pennsylvania American Water, the largest water utility in Pennsylvania and a subsidiary of American Water, began construction of a water main replacement project in Royersford Borough. The project, which has been marked by Pennsylvania American Water with a $265,000 price tag, will install approximately 2,000 feet of new eight-inch ductile-iron pipe along Chestnut Street from South Lewis Road to North Sixth Avenue. The new pipe will run parallel to the soon-to-be decommissioned aging piping which Pennsylvania American Water said dates back to the 1920s.

A communication received from Pennsylvania American Water stated that the new service will allow for Royersford Borough to “improve service reliability for customers and increase water flows for firefighting.”

The construction will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Pennsylvania American Water expects the new installation, transfer of services and final paving restoration to be complete by the end of August.

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During construction, Chestnut Street will remain open for those requiring access to homes or businesses on the street. All other motorists will be required to find alternate routes.

Terry M. Maenza, the Director of Communications and External Affairs with Pennsylvania American Water, said that the utility company conducts repairs based upon a priority list that is prepared to best use Pennsylvania American Water funding in line with the company’s capital investment planning. Every year, Pennsylvania American Water engineers determine where upgrade and replacement projects such as the Chestnut Street project will occur by going through an analysis that weighs factors such as condition of the pipes, the age of the pipes and a history of breaks.

During the construction, customers may experience temporary service interruptions, discolored water and/or lower than normal water pressure. Pennsylvania American Water stated that its crews will work as quickly as possible to shorten the length of any temporary inconveniences. Additionally, as the new pipe is tied in to the main infrastructure, Pennsylvania American Water will give a 24 hour notice to customers as to when service interruptions are expected to occur. Maenza said that service is back online typically within “a couple of hours” of interruption.