PA Announces $92 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects

July 18, 2018 - 5:21 pm
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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $92 million for 19 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 13 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“The projects represented in today’s approvals continue our commitment to clean water for Pennsylvania.” said Governor Wolf. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development and public health, as well as advance our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for our families to enjoy, both now and for years to come.”

The funding comes 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 the projects are disbursed after expenses for work have been paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.

In addition, PENNVEST staff also introduced a policy modification aimed at making the program’s incentives more attractive for water utilities to utilize for lead service line replacement projects.

“The change in how we look at these types of projects, and how they impact those specific areas of concern, should result in funding packages that will best reflect the impact on those customers, and promote implementation of lead line replacements.” said Brion Johnson, PENNVEST Executive Director.

A modification to the affordability analysis associated with drinking water systems with lead line replacement projects seeks to promote these projects in the neighborhoods that can least afford the cost to replace the necessary piping.

Eligible projects are with utilities that have adequately mapped areas of concern with needed lead service line replacement work due to exceeding the safe levels in the drinking water provided to the customers. Staff will base the funding upon neighborhoods, or clusters of customers rather than the entire system user base to determine the financial package.

List of approved projects in our area:

Drinking Water Projects

Carbon County
• Greater Hazelton Community Area New Development Organization (CANDO) received a $500,000 loan to rehabilitate the interior and exterior of the finished water storage tank serving the industrial park.

Schuylkill County
• Pine Grove Borough received a $5,479,764 loan to replace 2,700 feet of waterline, and associated hydrants, construct a new storage tank and corrosion control, chlorine treatment facilities will also be included to address water loss issues, aging distribution and the need for additional storage. *

 

* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

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