Aqua and PECO Infrastructure Upgrades: What Do They Mean for Main Liners?

With Aqua's nearly $121 million water pipe revamp and PECO's $80 million natural-gas line project, residents can't help but ask: What does our bottom line look like?

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They’re things we don’t think about until we don’t have them. Or when prices go up. Or when platoons of trucks with heavy equipment roll onto our streets and deploy squads of workers to dig through layers of asphalt to install new pipes. 

That’s what residents of the Main Line and its western suburbs have experienced for a solid year, since the spring of 2012. Aqua has poured $120.7 million into new water pipes. PECO is investing $80 million in new natural-gas lines. The work stretches from West Chester to Tredyffrin/Easttown to Narberth. The goal is pretty simple: to modernize the infrastructure through which these valuable resources reach homes.

Great. But from where is that natural gas coming? Does it have anything to do with fracking? What do the new pipes mean for our water? And how much will all of this affect our bottom lines? We did some of our own digging, and here’s what we found out.

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