(HARRISBURG) – Monument Water Authority will receive $400,000 in state funds to improve its water system in order to provide clean, reliable drinking water, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R- 76) announced today.
“Despite repeated efforts to fix the issues, this community has been plagued with a lack of drinkable water for years including brown water coming from their faucets,” Senator Corman said. “This money will allow the community to develop a new water source and treatment facilities. This important project will ultimately provide clean, reliable drinking water to these homes without a crippling rate increase.”
“For too long the people in this community have not been able to use water from their sinks to brush teeth or simply take a drink – something each of us take for granted every day,” Rep. Borowicz said. “These grants are extremely competitive, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to help secure this funding to cost-effectively maintain and upgrade our local water infrastructure.”
Monument Water provides service to about 130 customers in Liberty Township, Centre County. The groundwater source has historically contained bacteria as well as levels of manganese that could adversely affect public health. Also, demand on the water system has exceeded the water supply. The grant will cover the total project costs.
The state grant is part of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development’s Municipal Assistance Program that provides funding to local governments for community planning. Funding supports multi-municipal, regional, and county planning and implementation efforts.