Sen. Corman Announces More Than $7.8 million in PENNVEST Grants For Four Major Local Water/Sewer Projects

Four major water and sewer projects in communities in the 34th Senatorial District have received state funding through the state’s PENNVEST program, according to Senator Jake Corman.

Corman said the funding is vital to providing clean water to area residents, creating jobs and keeping rates down for area residents served by the water and sewer systems.

“Water and sewer systems are very important to the health of a community, but very expensive to build and maintain,” Corman said.  “Townships and boroughs — and authorities that serve them — can help to pay for upgrades and new construction with the help of a PENNVEST grant or loan.”
The Tri-Municipal Park in Centre Hall received a combined low-interest loan and grant of $323,669 to install approximately construct vegetated swales, rain gardens and detention/infiltration basis.  The project will eliminate storm water runoff into a sinkhole within close distance to a public groundwater and prevent excel discharges into a tributary of Cedar Run.

Potter Township, Centre County was awarded grants and loans totaling $3,055,717 to construct a 14,000 gallon a day treatment plant, low pressure force mains and septic tanks and filter pumps for the Village of Potters Mills, Center County. On-lot and wildcat sewers were discharging into Sinking and contaminating local water, making the new plant necessary.

The Borough Newtown Hamilton received grants and loans of $4.176 million to replace 15,000 feet of pipe with new iron pipe, 20 fire hydrants, valves and meters.  The new mains will reduce leaks and decrease the amount of unaccounted for water and provide sufficient water flow.
Mapleton Area Joint Municipal Authority was awarded $344,016 to install a sludge/waste activated sludge pump station at the existing waste water treatment plant to address issues with sludge pollution.

“PENNVEST funding will allow these communities update their water and sewer systems, which is crucial to the health of the surrounding community,” Corman said.  “PENNVEST supports water system improvements across Pennsylvania, helping to safeguard local water supplies, prevent pollution in our streams, and promote public health.”

Established in 1988, the PENNVEST program provides low-interest loans and grants to communities for new construction or improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants.  Many of these small community water and sewer systems are in need of major rehabilitation or are too overburdened to accommodate new growth.

PENNVEST is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from Act 13 of 2012, the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.

CONTACT  Jennifer Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov