Corman, Benninghoff announce $1.4 million in local water and sewer grants

HARRISBURG – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-171) announced four Small Water and Sewer Grants awards directed to ongoing projects in Centre and Mifflin counties.

“Our region will benefit from this much-needed state funding for important public improvements to better serve area residents and employers,” Corman said. “I am pleased to be able to work to bring this money home. Without this support, these vital water and sewer improvements would have been resulted in massive rate increases for local residents.”

“This grant money will go a long way in making needed upgrades and improvements to local aging water and sewer infrastructure, and most importantly, in alleviating the burden on local taxpayers,” Benninghoff said. “I was proud to advocate for these important projects and bring tax dollars back home to our community where they will be put to good use.”

The grant awards are as follows:

Centre County

  • $124,000 for the Gregg Township Sewer Authority for improvements to the wastewater treatment plan in Spring Mills. This project includes $75,000 already committed from the Gregg Township Sewer Authority.
  • $106,000 for Millheim Borough to construct a crest weir at a dam, demolish a building and install a new vault for a raw water screen within the borough. This project also includes $37,500 already committed from Millheim Borough.
  • $170,000 for Penn Township to replace the water storage tank and meet the township’s average daily water use, guaranteeing resident water during well issues. The project includes $68,598 committed from Penn Township.

Mifflin County

  • $1 million for Union Township Municipal Authority to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment plant in order to improve operations. This project includes $2.2 million already committed from the Authority.

The Small Water and Sewer Grant Program is under the Department of Community and Economic Development with funding made available by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

The program grants funds to projects of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000 that assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.