$98.3M in PENNVEST funding awards announced
A dozen counties in Pennsylvania will share $98.3 million in funds through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for 12 wastewater and non-point source projects. In making the funding announcement, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said the projects will help “secure the economic and natural well-being of the commonweath.”
The PENNVEST funding awards will be split between $90.8 million in low-interest loans and $7.5 million in grants.
Among the wastewater projects funded are a $37.2 million loan to Reading City to upgrade its sewage treatment plant and related facilities to eliminate the threat of wet weather discharges of untreated sewage into the Schyulkill River.
Johnstown City will receive a $10.9 million loan for sanitary sewer construction and lateral lines to nearly 2,000 homes. A 1.2 million gallon retention basin will be built in Lackawanna County. The Scranton City Authority was awarded more than $9 million for the project.
Farmers Pride Inc. will be able to expand its poultry processing and distribution facility thanks to a $1.9 million loan for improvements to its current wastewater treatment plant that will reduce nutrient discharges into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Lancaster Township is one of the entities that will receive funding for non-point source water quality improvement projects. The township received $565,000 in grant funds to build a half mile of storm sewers to eliminate hazardous road conditions and nutrient contamination of Scholars Run during wet weather.
The Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority will use its $2.9 million allocation to eliminate combined sewer overflows during wet weather by constructing two miles of storm sewers and related facilities.
Norwood Borough was awarded a grant of $1.35 million to construct a storm water collection system, using both traditional and green technologies, to reduce the erosion and sedimentation of Darby Creek that occur during wet weather.
The funding allocated by PENNVEST includes voter-approved state funding, federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to PENNVEST and loan repayment money from previous PENNVEST funding awards.