Suez announced the completion of its three million gallon ground water storage tank, which improves service to thousands of drinking water customers north of Wilmington.
The $3 million investment brings enhanced service reliability to the region, as well as improved water pressure to help ensure firefighters get adequate water pressure.
“This investment shows our commitment to providing the community with water service reliability they need and is just one part of our assurance to provide value to our customers,” said Larry Finnicum, director of Delaware Operations. “This new water storage tank is part of a comprehensive effort to improve service throughout the area by building resilient, sustainable water systems customers can rely on for many years to come.”
The water storage tank is the first new water tank in 50 years to be built in the Suez north system in Delaware to better serve surrounding communities where 60 percent of Suez customers live, work and play. Finnicum added, “We are also pleased this investment by SUEZ also provided a boost to the economy by providing jobs across the construction, water and engineering sectors.”
At 50 feet in height and 110 feet in diameter, the year-long water storage tank project replaces a 100-year old, in-ground reservoir that had outlived its useful life. Dating back to 1906, the Edgemoor reservoir was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad to provide water for steam locomotives. The area was adapted and upgraded over the decades, but became less efficient.
The addition of the new Edgemoor tank, as part of a $60 million investment program that got underway in 2016.