Jan 10, 2018 : Notice for Aqua Pennsylvania customers in Oreland, Montgomery County
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Notice for Aqua Pennsylvania customers in Oreland, Montgomery County
Jan 10, 2018
Some Aqua Pennsylvania customers in Oreland, Montgomery County, PA might have received a notice from the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority (BCWSA) about their drinking water. The notice was sent to Aqua drinking water customers by mistake. The notice does not apply to the drinking water in Oreland.
We want to make it clear that the public drinking water service in Oreland, PA is supplied by Aqua and not BCWSA. We want our customers in Oreland to know that the drinking water is safe and meets all applicable drinking water standards.
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Pennsylvania Service Territory
Aqua Pennsylvania, an Aqua America subsidiary, serves more than 1.4 million residents in 32 counties across the Keystone State. Pennsylvania customers can pay their Aqua water bill online through WaterSmart e-billing or any number of convenient ways to pay. For those in need of water bill assistance, our Pennsylvania Helping Hand program is designed to help low-income customers make manageable monthly payments.
Chloramines are a commonly used disinfectant in drinking water. This is used in many water systems across the U.S., including some of Aqua Pennsylvania’s systems. You can learn more about chloramines here.
Please visit our Waterfacts.com site for information, test results and more relating to PFOA and PFOS.
Learn more about lead and drinking water: Lead Fact Sheet
Recent news articles have created interest in chromium, a naturally occurring metal found in the Earth's crust and in untreated water. It's important to note that all of Aqua's water is within the EPA's limits for this contaminant. Click here for facts about chromium and its impact on drinking water.
For any questions or concerns relating to customer service, please call 877.987.2782
Southeastern Division: Parts of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
Roaring Creek/Susquehanna Division: Parts of Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Snyder counties.
Honesdale/White Haven Division: Parts of Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties.
Shenango Division: Parts of Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Forest, Lawrence, Mckean, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties.
Water Sources: Surface water from the Crum, Pickering, Brandywine, Perkiomen, Neshaminy, Ridley and Chester creeks, Schuylkill and Delaware rivers and the Upper Merion Quarry and the Shenango River in western Pennsylvania and groundwater from more than 100 deep wells.
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Aqua Pennsylvania Leadership Team
Vice President, Network (distribution)
Vice President, Production (plants)
Director of Chester County Operations
Director of Delaware County Operations
Director of Montgomery and Bucks Operations
Northeastern, Northern, Central and Western Pennsylvania
Director of Operations
Western Area Manager
Northeastern Area Manager
Central and Northern Area Manager
Helping Hand: PA Low-income Water Bill Assistance
What Is Helping Hand?
Helping Hand is Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.’s low-income water bill assistance program. The program is designed to enable low-income customers to make manageable monthly payments on their water account. Customers who make timely water bill payments through Helping Hand receive a monthly credit to their accounts. The program also shows you how you can use less water with water conservation kits.
Am I eligible for Helping Hand?
Aqua uses the following requirements to determine if you’re eligible:
- Household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level
- Account is more than 21 days past due
- Customer has at least $110 in unpaid water bills
How do I sign up for Helping Hand?
If you think you might be eligible for Helping Hand, call 800.360.2998 or call the closest agency listed below. If you have any questions, please call Aqua at 877.987.2782.
If you’re eligible for Helping Hand, Aqua works with the referring agency to develop a good-faith payment plan for you.
In this plan, a customer would typically pay:
- 10 percent of their total account balance up to $150
- The reconnection fee if their service has been terminated
- A fixed monthly payment of an “average” bill, plus $25
Helping Hand rewards timely payments with a credit to the account of each Helping Hand customer who makes their monthly payment on time.
Customers also receive a water conservation kit with information about how to detect and fix leaks and conserve water, plus repair parts. The kit includes:
- Leak-detection tablets and tips on detecting and fixing leaks
- Low-flow shower heads
- Kitchen swivel aerators and more
How can I give others a Helping Hand?
If you don’t need a Helping Hand, you might want to help others who do. If so, please use this link to print and download the form and include the amount of your tax-deductible donation with your regular water bill payment. Your donation will go toward water bill credits for those less fortunate.
Helping Hand Agencies
Please contact the following agencies to learn how you can enroll in Helping Hand.
Community Action Agency of Delaware County
1414 Meetinghouse Road
Boothwyn, PA 19061
Community Action Development Commission
113 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc.
2 East Arch Street
Shamokin, PA 17872
All Other Pennsylvania Counties
Helping Hand Program
2491 Paxton Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Helping Hand Payments/Questions NRA Group, LLC
Business Office Division
Aqua Pennsylvania was founded as the Springfield Water Company on January 4, 1886, when a group of Swarthmore College professors received a charter to supply water to the residents of Springfield Township, Delaware County. They built a small pumping station and laid pipes to their homes. Initially, new customers were welcomed openly, but as the number of potential customers increased, so did the association’s operating responsibilities. It was then that the association made the decision to incorporate.
By 1925, the company had grown to meet the needs of 58 municipalities in three counties, and shareholders changed the name to Philadelphia Suburban Water Company.
In 1968, the water company board voted to create a holding company, Philadelphia Suburban Corporation (PSC). By July 1971, Aqua America, Aqua Pennsylvania’s parent company, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Growth slowed between 1985 and 1990, but then the company purchased three Chester County water systems. These acquisitions gave birth to the company’s “growth-through-acquisition” strategy, which began to accelerate at the end of 1992. Between 1992 and 1999, it purchased 29 water systems and three wastewater systems — a business it entered in 1996. The company also completed several other growth ventures, including main extensions to pick up additional customers, bulk water sales, and operating and management contracts. Together, these acquisitions added approximately 56,000 customers to the system.
In March 1999, Aqua America acquired Consumers Water Company and the utility’s operations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey and Maine, adding more than 225,000 customer connections in five states, including 41,000 in Pennsylvania.
January 1, 2002, Philadelphia Suburban Water Company merged into Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company. Two years later effective January 16, 2004, Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company changed its name to Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. to reflect its statewide presence. The parent company name was changed from PSC to Aqua America, reflecting its national presence.
Aqua Pennsylvania continued to grow the company and by year-end 2015, provided water and wastewater service to more than 445,000 customers (approximately 1.4 million people) in 32 counties.