The PA state government recently announced approval of $68.6 million in low-interest loans and $13.1 million in grants for 36 infrastructure projects in 25 counties.
“These projects have made significant contributions to improving the Commonwealth’s water resources and economic climate, helping to make Pennsylvania a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Gov. Schweiker said at the PENNVEST board meeting in Harrisburg. “Communities that receive PENNVEST funding are able to eliminate chemical and bacteriological contamination of their drinking water supplies. They also have greatly reduced the degradation of Pennsylvania’s lakes and rivers by eliminating wastewater discharges from malfunctioning septic systems and antiquated treatment plants.
Rush Township: $526,763 grant to construct over two miles of new water lines and modify a pumping station in order to eliminate chronic water outages and provide a safe source of drinking water to residential customers whose private water supplies are contaminated by iron, manganese and fecal coliform bacteria;
Pennsylvania American Water Company (Farmington Township): $2,860,000 loan to construct almost seven miles of distribution lines and a pump station, and expand an existing treatment plant to provide a reliable source of drinking water to 302 homes in Farmington Township, 24 homes in Paint Township and 98 homes in Knox Township;
Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company (Crums Creek): $9,785,463 loan to construct a new water pump station and other improvements to the Crum Water Treatment Facility to eliminate the potential for drinking water contamination by giardia cysts and cryptosporidium;
Fairchance Borough: $1,024,312 loan to replace over a mile of seriously deteriorated water lines that are subject to leaks and frequent breaks, as well as make repairs to the system’s dam that whose spillway is cracked and in danger of failure;
Falls Creek Borough Municipal Authority: $1,660,500 loan and a $1 million grant to construct almost eight miles of distribution lines to the Red Mill area of Washington Township, as well as a new water storage tank and to make other system improvements that will provide a safe and reliable source of drinking water to residences where existing water sources are contaminated by iron, manganese and bacteria;
Manheim Borough Authority: $1,300,000 loan to construct a new water treatment plant and stripping tower to eliminate both chemical and bacteriological contamination of the drinking water supply an provide a regional solution to serve over 2,300 customers in Mangeim Borough, Rapho Township and Penn Township;
Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company (Shickshinny): $321,522 loan to construct a new water storage tank, distribution lines and two new wells in order to provide a reliable source of safe drinking water to local households; Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company (Wapwallopen): $333,878 loan to construct a new drinking water storage tank and almost one mile of distribution lines to replace antiquated facilities and provide a safe and reliable source of water;
Hazel Hurst Water Company: $300,000 grant to replace almost three miles of distribution lines and 75 service connections to eliminate severe water leaks, protect against contamination in the system and improve water pressure for fire protection;
Stroudsburg Municipal Authority: $5,995,000 loan to construct over 12 miles of water mains, a 1.5 million gallon water storage tank and a pump station to eliminate the use of more than 250 contaminated residential drinking water wells and consolidate service currently provided by 46 small water systems, many of which have health-related issues to address; and
Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County: $5,397,911 loan to replace 17 miles of water distribution lines in 22 municipalities in a four-county area, where the existing old and deteriorated lines cause low flow and pressure and often experience breaks in service.
Leechburg Borough: $2,172,419 loan to construct almost three miles of collection lines that will allow for the separation of sanitary and storm sewers, eliminating overloading of the treatment plant and discharges of untreated wastewater into the Kiskimenetas River during wet weather;
Saxton Borough Municipal Authority: $410,000 loan to install sludge dewatering and odor containment facilities that will improve local aesthetics and eliminate the possibility of direct human contact with inadequately treated sewage; Snake Spring Township Municipal Authority: $193,700 loan to construct sewer extensions to serve eleven homes whose on-lot septic systems are all malfunctioning and discharging inadequately treated waste into storm sewers as well as the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River;
Alsace Township: $450,310 loan to design a municipal sewage collection and treatment facility to serve the Village of Alsace Manor, where malfunctioning on-lot septic systems are contaminating local drinking water wells as well as streams. The project also will provide wastewater collection and treatment service to a commercial development and create 40 permanent jobs in the area;Lenhartsville Borough: $516,764 loan and a $789,691 grant to construct a sewage collection system to eliminate the use of on-lot septic systems that are contaminating drinking water wells and local streams, including Furnace Creek and Maiden Creek, which are a public drinking water supplies for the City of Reading;
Smithfield Township Authority: $396,778 loan and a $1,879,527 grant to construct a sewage treatment facility and over four miles of collection lines to eliminate discharges from on-lot septic systems that are discharging untreated waste directly into roadside ditches and nearby streams;
Lilly Borough: $3,395,000 loan and a $1 million grant to construct over seven miles of sanitary sewers to provide service to residences in the borough whose wildcat sewers are discharging untreated waste into the Little Conemaugh River; Patton Municipal Authority: $3,277,900 loan and a $1 million grant to upgrade and expand the existing sewage treatment facility and two pump stations to eliminate wet weather bypassing of untreated wastewater into Chest Creek;
Dilworth Partners: $619,000 loan to extend the Birmingham Township sewer main to serve 14 homes along Old Pike and Faucett Drive, as well as businesses in the Village of Dilworth, allowing for commercial development and the investment of $5 million and the creation of 51 new jobs;
Curwensville Municipal Authority: $1,465,000 loan to construct a new wastewater flow equalization tank and rehabilitate almost a mile of collection lines in order to eliminate overloading of the treatment facility and discharges of untreated or inadequately treated sewage into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River during wet weather; Sandy Township Municipal Authority: $970,000 loan to construct a new wastewater collection system to serve an area of the township where on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and discharging inadequately treated sewage into publicly accessible areas;
Washington Township Municipal Authority: $712,000 loan to design over 25 miles of sanitary sewers and force mains, as well as expand the Belle Vernon Sewage Treatment Plant, to eliminate discharges from malfunctioning on-lot septic systems that are discharging raw sewage into yards, roadways and tributaries of the Monongahela River;
Franklin Township Sewer Authority: $1.3 million loan to construct over three miles of new sewers and two pump stations to replace malfunctioning on-lot septic systems that are discharging raw sewage into yards, roadways and Ten Mile Creek;
Indiana County Municipal Services Authority: $166,867 loan and a $3,984,133 grant to construct almost eight miles of sewage collection lines, three pump stations and a new wastewater treatment plant to serve Cherry Tree Borough and the adjacent portions of Burnside and Montgomery Townships, where wildcat sewers are discharging raw sewage into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River;
Falls Creek Borough Municipal Authority: $1,863,000 loan to construct an eight mile long wastewater main, one pumping facility and other system improvements to eliminate the use of malfunctioning on-lot septic systems in the Red Mill area of Washington Township that are contaminating the Borough’s drinking water reservoir;
Scranton Sewer Authority: $2,874,649 loan to construct improvements to the head works, make collection system repairs and upgrade the Minooka interceptor to eliminate hydraulic overloading of the existing treatment plant and portions of the collection system;
East Earl Sewer Authority: $2,388,200 loan to construct a new wastewater treatment facility and a low-pressure collection and conveyance system to serve the Village of Goodville where malfunctioning septic systmes are contaminating drinking water wells and surface waters;
Pulaski Township Municipal Authority: $8,325,303 loan and a $1 million grant to construct over 23 miles of wastewater collection lines, a pump station and two treatment facilities to serve four areas of the township where malfunctioning on-lot septic systems and wildcat sewers are discharging waste into publicly accessible areas and the Shenango River;
Shickshinny Borough Sanitary Sewer Authority: $170,200 loan to renovate four reed beds that provide inadequate treatment of the sludge generated by the wastewater treatment plant that currently contaminates the ground near the plant;
Conemaugh Township: $5.9 million loan to construct over 12 miles of sanitary sewers, two pump stations and a new sewage treatment plant to serve the Tire Hill area of the Township where 80 percent of the on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and discharging raw sewage into yard, roadways and tributaries of Stoney Creek;
Duncan Township: $1,654,110 grant to construct over two miles of gravity sewers and a treatment facility to serve 96 homes in the Village of Antrim where 60 percent of the on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and discharging untreated sewage into roadside ditches and other publicly accessible areas;
Peters Township Sanitary Authority: $421,015 loan to construct over a mile of sanitary sewers to serve the Ivy Lane, Justabout Road and Bebout Road areas of the township where on-lot septic systems are discharging raw sewage into yards, roadways and tributaries of Brush Creek;
Camp Starlight: $418,000 loan to replace a structurally failing wastewater treatment plant that is unable to effectively treat wastewater and is unsafe for plant operators and maintenance staff; and
Washington Township Municipal Authority: $1,376,500 loan to construct over five miles of sanitary sewers to serve the Lower Beaver Watershed area of the township where 60 percent of the existing on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and discharging raw sewage into yards, roadways and Beaver Run.
Borough of South New Castle: $97,091 loan to eliminate basement and roadway flooding as well as prevent erosion along the shoulder of the road and sidewalks by installing perforated pipe, inlets and curbing to direct water flows during rainfall events.
Bid Ocean will be monitoring all the projects and publishing them as they come out for bid.