By PENNVEST, Special for USDR
Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $51.7 million for ten drinking water, wastewater and non-point source projects across eight counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).
“Today the PENNVEST Board of Directors made another significant investment in much needed environmental improvement across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Abundant clean water is critical to the health of both our follow Pennsylvanians and the economy of this great Commonwealth. Today is a bright day for both our people and our businesses as we strive for a betterPennsylvania for us and for generations to come.”
Of the $51.7 million, $31.0 million is allocated for low-interest loans and $20.7 million is awarded through grants.
The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, 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 bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.
A list of project summaries follows.
PENNVEST Drinking Water Projects
Manor Township Joint Municipal Authority received an $8.5 million loan to construct a new water treatment plant that will replace the authority’s existing 58 year-old plant that cannot produce enough safe drinking water to meet peak demand and is otherwise in very poor condition.
- Mahanoy Township Authority received a $2.8 million loan to rehabilitate the authority’s unsafe reservoir dam, make improvements to a deteriorated spillway and install modern water meters for customers throughout the authority’s distribution system.
- Schuylkill County Municipal Authority received a $489,950 loan and a $3,210,050 grant to extend a drinking water distribution line to the Village of Newtown in Reilly Township, where homes are served by private drinking water wells that are subject to contamination from minerals in the soil as well as nearby malfunctioning on-lot septic systems.
PENNVEST Wastewater Projects
West Hills Area Water Pollution Control Authority received a $6,603,500 loan to construct various sewage treatment system modifications in order to eliminate discharges of untreated sewage into the Allegheny River that occur during wet weather.
East Providence Township Municipal Authority received a $375,000 loan and a $3,785,000 grant to make various improvements to its existing wastewater treatment plant that will improve the quality of its wastewater discharges and bring the plant into compliance with regulatory requirements.
Johnstown City received a $10.9 million grant to construct more than six miles of sewage collection lines and related facilities in order to eliminate discharges of untreated sewage into the Conemaugh River that occur during wet weather.
Curwensville Municipal Authority received a $2.5 million grant to rehabilitate more than two miles of sewage collection lines that are currently subject to water infiltration and inflows during wet weather and, as a result, discharge untreated waste water into publicly accessible areas.
Windber Borough received a $1,197,000 loan to construct more than a mile of sewage collection lines along with 35 manholes and other facilities in order to eliminate the discharge of untreated sewage into publicly accessible areas that occurs during wet weather.
Peters Township Sanitary Authority received an $11 million loan to construct a new wastewater treatment plant that will replace the authority’s existing outdated and deteriorated treatment plant that is subject to wet weather overflows and discharges untreated wastewater into Cannonsburg Lake.
Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement Projects
Elmer M. King received a $385,490 grant to construct a new manure storage facility and other improvements on a dairy operation where there is uncontrolled manure runoff from the existing concrete cattle lot. Also, there is currently no manure storage capacity, which results in manure spreading during winter and other times of the year when the soil is relatively impervious. All of these conditions currently cause manure and the nutrients it contains to run off into Octoraro Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.