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PA Gets $66M for Water Infrastructure Projects

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced another investment in the state’s water infrastructure, this time in the form of $66 million going toward water, wastewater and stormwater projects in nine counties.

The money is coming through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“Clean, reliable water systems serve as a vital link to the continued recovery and growth of our communities,” said Wolf. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s citizens have access to safe and secure infrastructure is a fundamental responsibility of government, particularly as we continue to address the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Like previous funding, the money for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.

“Local communities across the commonwealth continue to face tough choices every day as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Wolf. “Investing in community infrastructure improvements like these projects demonstrates the strong commitment that we share to rebuild and grow our great commonwealth.”

Gov. Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced another investment in the state’s water infrastructure, this time in the form of $66 million going toward water, wastewater and stormwater projects in nine counties.

A breakdown of the project summaries are as follows:

Drinking Water Projects

  • Bedford Township Municipal Authority – received a $5,223,140 loan to replace 8,500 feet of existing waterline and connect new service with 10,150 feet of additional water line, while also replacing the finished water storage tank. The project will increase reliability by eliminating water service interruptions and ensuring stable connections to underserved communities in the service area.
  • Fleetwood Borough – received a $3,500,000 loan to replace approximately 8,250 feet of ductile iron and cement-lined piping. The project will replace service lines that are at the end of useful life and increase reliability for nearly 1,800 residents.
  • Allensville Municipal Authority – received a $371,950 loan to make improvements to a filtration plant, install flow meters and data acquisition systems and provide disinfection contact piping. The project will bring the system into compliance with a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) consent order and reduce the risk of Giardia throughout the community.
  • Penn Township Municipal Authority – received a $1,450,000 loan to replace deteriorating water tanks with a new 150,000-gallon, ground-level tank. The project will reduce exposure to iron and manganese and improve water reliability for customers in the service area.
  • Addison Area Water Authority – received a $575,120 loan to install a chlorination system and water tank, which will eliminate the dependency on existing well pumps. The project will improve reliability of drinking water and significantly reduce water loss through transfer, which is currently estimated at 70%.

Wastewater Projects

  • City of Johnstown – received a $6,517,110 grant and a $4,382,890 loan to replace approximately 26,000 feet of sewer line. The project will reduce wet weather overflows into the Stonycreek and Little Conemaugh Rivers, decreasing public exposure to untreated effluent.
  • New Castle Sanitation Authority – received a $19,132,800 grant and a $12,867,200 loan to make significant improvements to an existing wastewater treatment plant, including construction of a new anoxic tank and renovation of an activated sludge system. The project will meet mandated permit effluent limits and improve aquatic life in the Shenango River.
  • City of Arnold – received a $117,555 loan to up-size existing piping used to convey wastewater to regional sewage treatment plant. The project will reduce wet weather sewage overflows into the Allegheny River and reduce impact to aquatic life.
  • Western Westmoreland Municipal Authority – received an $11,025,000 loan to install approximately 18,000 feet of sanitary sewer line and manholes, while also stabilizing streambanks along local waterways. The project will eliminate regional stream pollution and address a DEP consent order.

Stormwater Projects

  • Borough of North Catasauqua – received a $618,229 loan to install 5,010 feet of new storm sewer line and associated inlets. The project will alleviate significant residential, business and traffic flooding conditions.
  • Penn Township – received a $1,106,811 loan to install approximately 1,400 feet of new stormwater piping and retrofit work to existing retention ponds and spillways. The project will provide adequate drainage for a currently undersized system and reduce an estimated 5,916 pounds of sediment into Bushy Run each year.

Previous Projects

Around this time last year, Wolf announced $136 million in funding for projects across 17 counties.

Some of the those projects included:

  • New Castle Sanitation Authority, in Lawrence County, received $23.4 million and an $8.5 million grant to construct a new headworks facility, work that covers two mechanical bar screens, two vortex grit chambers, yard piping and other wet weather facilities, in order to remain in compliance with effluent discharges into the Mahoning River.
  • Westfield Borough, in Tioga County, received a $2.9 million loan and a $3.9 million grant for the replacement of an overloaded treatment facility, with work including a new influent pump station, a mechanically cleaned influent screen, a bypass bar screen and an aerated grit removal system, among other additions, in order to address previous discharge violations related to the Cowanesque River.
  • Pine Valley Associates LP, in Union County, received a $550,000 loan for the construction of a new extended air treatment plant, which includes a 10,000-gallon equalization tank and a 5,000-gallon sludge holding tank, an endeavor that will replace what has been worn out.
  • For storm water, Chester City Stormwater Authority, of Delaware County, received a $9.9 million loan for the installation of around 9,500 feet of pipe, along with 65 catch basins, 200 manholes and the restoration of stormwater roadways.
  • For drinking in water, State College Borough Water Authority, in Centre County, received a $24.9 million loan for the construction of a new membrane filter water treatment plant, as well as upgrade appurtenances.
  • Also for drinking water, Corry Municipal Authority, of Erie County, received a $6.5 million loan for the construction of new treatment facilities.


Tagged categories: Funding; Government; Infrastructure; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Stormwater; Wastewater Plants

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