BRYN MAWR - Aqua Pennsylvania will begin constructing a new water pumping station near the intersection of Jackson Street and Raven Avenue, Coal Township, next week.

The new facility is expected to improve system capacity and reliability and will provide a modest pressure increase, according to a press release issued Friday.

"It's always been difficult to provide customers in this area with consistent water pressure because of the limitations of the old booster station," said area manager Steve Draus in the release. "The nearest pump station is located a half mile away and at a lower elevation, so it has been particularly difficult to provide the same level of service here as we do in other areas, especially during periods of peak demand."

Construction of the $900,000 pump station, which is expected to be completed in February, was made possible by the recent water main replacement projects along West Pine and Oak streets. The company invested more than $1.5 million on these projects over the last two years.

Aqua also expects to replace 6,685 feet of water main by the end of the year on the following streets in Coal Township: North Oak Street between West Juniper and West Spruce streets; Second Street between SR 225 and West Walnut Street; West Walnut Street between Second and North Oak streets; West Spruce and West Pine streets between South Oak and Maple streets; Maple Street between West Pine and West Mulberry streets and Gowen Street loop. Older cast iron mains will be replaced with new ductile iron mains. The total cost of these projects is expected to be $2 million.

Draus said the new mains will also improve water service.

"The new mains are made of ductile iron, which is not only strong, but has a cement mortar lining that will ensure that no iron oxide (rust) builds up inside the main," he said. "The biggest problem with the old, unlined cast iron main is that the iron oxide buildup can reduce the interior diameter of the main, restricting flow."

Aqua's Roaring Creek Division provides water service to about 60,000 people throughout its service territory, which spans parts of Adams, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Snyder counties. Overall, the company serves approximately 1.4 million people in 31 counties throughout Pennsylvania. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.