Governor Wolf announces $ 178 million investment in water infrastructure projects in 11 counties

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $ 178 million for 14 drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects in 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) .

“This continued focus on improving and investing in our infrastructure is vital for strong communities,” Governor Wolf said. , is essential for our regrowth as a Commonwealth. “

Funding for these projects comes from a combination of voter-approved state funds, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and loan repayments recycled from previous PENNVEST grants. . Funds for these projects are disbursed once labor expenses are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.

“These investments are not just about improvements today, but also our homes and businesses for generations to come,” Governor Wolf said. “Strong communities and healthy Pennsylvanians depend on clean water and thrive where there is secure infrastructure.

Here is a list of project summaries:

Drinking water projects

Blair County

· Altoona Water Authority – Received a loan of $ 21,000,000 to upgrade and rehabilitate the Bellwood Dam, a 119-year-old dam whose spillway was recently reported severely deficient by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection . The project will restore the structural integrity of the dam and allow better control of water withdrawal from the reservoir.

· * Altoona Water Authority – Received a loan of $ 9,900,000 to upgrade the Bellwood water treatment facility, including the installation of new raw water metering and generation and injection systems. ‘ozone. The project will improve treatment to remove Giardia and Cryptosporidium, while increasing the overall reliability and quality of the community’s drinking water.

Lehigh County

· * Lehigh County Authority – Received a loan of $ 2,000,000 to replace two high lift pump variable frequency drives and add a third drive. The project will continue to supply finished potable water and ensure that the appropriate capacity levels are achieved for the supply area.

Snyder County

· * Middleburg Municipal Authority – Received a loan of $ 4,031,176 and a grant of $ 555,024 to replace approximately 10,000 feet of cast iron and fiber cement pipe with ductile iron pipe, while adding a new storage tank 290,000 gallon water and 163,000 gallon tank. The project will meet the requirements of a DEP consent order, reduce water loss due to leaking pipes and ensure safe drinking water in the supply area.

Wastewater projects

Allegheny County

· ** Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority – Received a loan of $ 7,750,000 to rehabilitate approximately 7.4 miles of wastewater collection line in the Brighton Heights, Hazelwood and South Side areas of Pittsburgh. The project will address a DEP corrective action plan and reduce releases to the Monongahela and Ohio rivers.

Lycoming County

· Township of Franklin – received a grant of $ 2,757,804 to build the Lairdsville sanitary sewer system, consisting of 8,500 feet of piping, by-passes and a pumping station. The project will tackle existing defective sewage systems and ensure proper treatment of raw sewage.

Mercer County

· Perry Township – received a grant of $ 3,950,500 to implement a sewage plan under Bill 537 that includes the installation of 42,500 feet of pressure main, grinder pumps and a plant wastewater treatment. The project will expand wastewater service to the Hadley and Camp Perry areas of the Township of Perry, meet regulatory requirements and eliminate a number of “wild” sewage systems on the ground, which currently have a failure rate of 86%. .

Mifflin County

· Brown Township Municipal Authority – Received a loan of $ 2,100,000 to construct a secondary clarifier for the existing wastewater service area. The project will serve 1,197 residential customers, adding redundancy by replacing and decommissioning existing clarifiers that do not meet peak flow requirements.

· Union Township Municipal Authority – received a loan of $ 1,781,522 and a grant of $ 1,618,478 to install a new aerobic digester and pumping station with three new pumps, aeration fans and storage tank upgrades existing. The project will ensure compliance with the National Pollutant Release System (NPDES) and improve releases to Kishacoquillas Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.

Philadelphia County

· ** City of Philadelphia – received a loan of $ 100,115,000 to build a 300 million gallon per day pre-treatment facility, including a bypass structure to reroute wastewater from existing and new sewer interceptors filtering and grit removal systems. The project will meet numerous requirements under the federal Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, while reducing combined sewer overflows into the Delaware River.

Stormwater projects

Clarion County

· Hawthorn Borough – Received a loan of $ 158,267 and a grant of $ 1,179,583 to install approximately 6,430 feet of storm sewer, inlets and sod ditches. The project will mitigate flooding and increase water quality through the use of grass ditches, designed to infiltrate stormwater.

Delaware County

· ** Stormwater Authority of the City of Chester – received a grant of $ 9,963,539 to deal with localized flooding in the City of Chester Veterans Park area by installing approximately 1,600 feet of pipes, inlets, porous panels and a regional stormwater control basin. The project will improve water quality through the use of catchment inlets and address critical safety risks caused by first-floor residential flooding.

Lackawanna County

· Lace Building Affiliates, LP – Received a $ 2,554,667 stormwater loan for the redevelopment of Lace Village in Scranton, including 5,923 feet of storm sewer, a 200 gallon rain barrel and underground detention. The project will prevent flooding at the redevelopment site, which is located in an environmental justice community, and use green infrastructure.

Philadelphia County

· ** City of Philadelphia – Received a loan of $ 6,720,000 to address stormwater issues in the southwestern neighborhood of Lawncrest in North Philadelphia by installing 31 green infrastructure systems, including trenches. trees, bumps and rainwater trees. The project will improve water quality conditions and reduce the amount of untreated effluent entering the Delaware River in an environmental justice zone.

* designates the projects financed by the revolving funds of the State for drinking water

** refers to projects financed by the Clean Water State Revolving Funds

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