Pennsylvania American Water recently welcomed a group of local stakeholders to tour an infrastructure improvement project at its Lewisburg water storage tank on the Bucknell University campus. During the event, more than 30 people had the unique opportunity to step inside the one-million-gallon capacity tank, which had been emptied as part of a rehabilitation project designed to extend its service life and help ensure water quality. Click here to view video highlights from the tank tour.
“We take pride in continuously maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure that keeps our water and wastewater systems operating efficiently,” said Pennsylvania American Water Senior Superintendent of Operations Jeremy Resseguie. “To do this, our engineering and operations teams work closely to conduct detailed inspections, identify potential areas for improvement, and put plans into action to make upgrades that allow us to continue serving our customers with affordable, high-quality, reliable service.”
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the Lewisburg water storage tank was built in 1922 and was last painted in 2005. The current rehabilitation project has an estimated cost of $650,000 and is being completed by qualified rehabilitation contractor Nostos SS Contractors, LLC. It involves abrasive blasting and paint application on the interior and exterior of the tank, as well as structural support evaluation and rehabilitation. The project is one of 14 similar tank rehabilitation projects being completed by the company across the state this year.
The Lewisburg tank is part of Pennsylvania American Water’s Milton water system, which provides water to more than 30,000 customers across 16 municipalities in Northumberland and Union counties. Bucknell University is one of many local business and organizations also served by the water system.
“This project was a collaboration of Bucknell and Pennsylvania American Water, splitting the costs for the logo portion of the project. Our water tower presence needed a refresh – and with it being such a large, visible structure on campus, it was a welcome update,” said Jeff Loss, Bucknell University’s associate vice president for facilities. “We had an incredible opportunity to partner with Pennsylvania American Water to showcase our split B brand icon in a larger-than-life format, serving as a landmark that can be viewed from the Route 15 intersection and highway, the seats at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium, and along the many paths to campus.”
“We consider it an honor to be the water provider for Bucknell University’s students and campus community,” Resseguie added. “We are very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the university on the co-branding of this water tank and help contribute to the feeling of school spirit and pride on campus.”