Tennessee American Water is kicking off 2022 with an overview of its most notable projects. Over the past year, the company invested nearly $25 million to replace aging infrastructure.
“Replacement of infrastructure that has reached the end of its useful life advances water service reliability for our customers,” says Grant Evitts, president, Tennessee American Water. “It also enhances fire protection for our first responders.”
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently stated that the total need for water infrastructure improvements ranges from $5 billion to $15 billion between now and 2040.
Tennessee American Water is committed to consistently improving water systems in the counties it serves — Hamilton, Marion and Sequatchie as well as Walker and Catoosa Counties in Northwest Georgia.
“We know that at the end of every tap is a family counting on us to provide safe, clean, affordable and reliable water. Making continuous improvements in the drinking water system helps keep costs down,” said Evitts.
Since 2013, Tennessee American Water has invested over $150 million in infrastructure improvements. This investment continues in 2021 and beyond.
Some notable projects include:
In Hamilton County:
- Slope protection of the hill where the water intake and pump station are located and next to the Riverpark for approximately $1.5 million
- Rehabilitation of a mid-1950s water filter building at our Chattanooga plant for approximately $2.5 million
- Replacement of 4,500 feet of water main on Dodds Avenue, serving customers in East Chattanooga, for approximately $1.3 million
- 12 water tank renovations have been completed over the last eight years, including $750,000 for the Ryall Springs water tank in East Brainerd this year
- Replacement of water main in Red Bank on James and Ashmore Avenues for $320,000
In Marion County:
- Replacement of the Incline water tank which serves customers in the Old Whitwell Incline area, doubling storage capacity
- Replacement of approximately 5,000 feet of water main on Old Dunlap Road serving customers in the Red Hill area
Tennessee American Water is featuring an interactive infrastructure map on its website so customers can easily view main replacements in the utility company’s service territories. This interactive map highlights projects that were completed or in progress for 2021 and demonstrates to customers that their water bill is at work.
By clicking on one of the stars on the map, customers can zoom on a particular project. Also included is information by city council, county commission, state House and Senate districts.
Learn more about Tennessee American Water, here.
Daphne Kirksey is external affairs manager of Tennessee American Water, the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services since 1887 to nearly 400,000 people in the Chattanooga region. Kirksey’s primary areas of responsibility include media and community relations, customer communications and overseeing Tennessee American Water’s community partnerships.