Communities to receive help with water lines

Several local communities, including Jefferson, Smith and Mount Pleasant townships, will receive extended water service from Pennsylvania American Water Co., under an agreement approved by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Dec. 19.

Pennsylvania American will assume all costs of installing the water main extensions, estimated at approximately $9 million.

In Jefferson Township, water service will be extended to Bert Road, Meadowcroft Road, Geno Lane, Birch Street, Oak Street, Pine Street and Wood Street.

In Mount Pleasant Township, water service will be extended to Baker Road, Walnut Road and Washington Avenue.

In Smith Township, water service will be extended to Dinsmore Road and Joe Cain Road.

46th District Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil Township, brought Pennsylvania American together with residents, the Office of Consumer Advocates and the utility commission to explore proposals to provide water service without overburdening customers with tap-in fees.

White said many of the affected residents had been seeking water service for years, but having to shoulder the entire cost of running the lines to their neighborhoods was beyond the financial ability of many homeowners.

Service also will be extended to areas of Buffalo Township, Cecil Township and Chartiers Township.