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Pennsylvania American Water Advises Customers to Clear Fire Hydrants of Snow

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With significant amounts of snow predicted throughout the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania American Water today reminded customers to take safety measures that will help protect their neighborhoods from extreme winter weather.

“Falling temperatures and heavy snowfalls typically bring about the inconveniences associated with main breaks,” said Pennsylvania American Water Vice President of Operations James Sheridan. “We are requesting that customers take the appropriate steps to help us ensure reliable water service and fire protection for their community.”


Pennsylvania American Water reminds residents to clear snow from hydrants. Substantial snow accumulations combined with the after-effects of plowing roads and parking lots can leave fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow.

“Pennsylvania American Water maintains approximately 36,000 hydrants across the Commonwealth,” added Sheridan. “Significant snow accumulation can cause fire hydrants to become buried and make it difficult for firefighters to quickly locate hydrants. By keeping their neighborhood hydrants cleared of snow, our customers will help firefighters easily locate them and access water quickly, saving valuable time to potentially save lives and property.”

If you have a hydrant on or near your property, please take a few minutes to clear away the snow. If you cannot clear the hydrant, please ask a neighbor or someone else who can do it for you. Remember, quick access to fire hydrants benefits everyone.


Pennsylvania American Water also noted that sub-freezing temperatures can hasten aging water mains to break and cause unsafe driving conditions. If you see a leak, or your water service is disrupted, please contact the company’s customer service representatives who are available 24×7 for emergencies at 1-800-565-7292.

More cold weather tips can be found at, or by visiting the company’s YouTube channel ( or its Facebook page (

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:AWK) , is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.1 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 6,600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in more than 40 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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