Governor Rendell Announces $83 Million in Water Infrastructure Investments
HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23, 2008/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the PENNVEST Board of Directors' approval of $82.9 million in low interest loans and grants for 21 brownfields, drinking water and wastewater projects in 18 counties. The Governor cited the importance of these projects to the environment, the health of Pennsylvania citizens and the economic vitality of communities.
"Infrastructure investments are important to ensure the well-being of this commonwealth for many years to come," Governor Rendell said. "The legacy that we leave for our children and grandchildren will largely be determined by the infrastructure investments we make now. The loan and grant approvals made by the PENNVEST Board at its quarterly meeting are important steps toward a better future for our citizens."
Most of the money approved today, $77.9 million, is for low-interest loans. Combined with $5 million in grants, PENNVEST will fund 21 clean water projects.
The awards range from a $332,140 loan to develop a new well and construct drinking water storage facilities for a community in Wyoming County to a $15.4 million loan and grant combination that will eliminate raw sewage discharges in Somerset County caused by malfunctioning on-lot septic systems.
Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and the receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for reimbursement.
For more information about PENNVEST, visit http://www.pennvest.state.pa.us/.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit: http://www.governor.state.pa.us/.
EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of project summaries, by county, follows.
PENNVEST BROWNFIELDS PROJECT:
-- Malvern Hills Associates received an $11 million loan to remove asphalt paving over a portion of Little Valley Creek, which is designated as an exceptional value stream. This "daylighting" of the stream will improve water quality in the stream as well as in nearby groundwater sources. In addition, this project will prepare the former Worthington Steel site in East Whiteland Township for future development.
PENNVEST DRINKING WATER PROJECTS:
-- Bedford Township Municipal Authority received a $1.7 million loan to install more than a mile of distribution lines to serve 32 residences along Briar Valley Road, where drinking water wells are at risk of contamination.
-- Antrim Township Municipal Authority received a $1.9 million loan to more than triple the capacity of the its drinking water treatment plant and storage capacity in order to provide reliable service and safe drinking water to 346 households.
-- Waynesboro Borough Authority received a $2.6 million loan to install a new water treatment facility, a new water pump and other improvements to ensure that customers have a reliable source of safe drinking water.
-- McAlisterville Municipal Authority received a $593,384 loan to construct a new water treatment facility and to make other improvements that will provide safe and reliable drinking water to more than 400 households in Fayette Township.
-- Aqua PA Inc. received a $1.1 million loan to replace nearly a mile of deteriorating and undersized water distribution mains with a new main that will provide a dependable supply of safe drinking water to residents of Kingston Township.
-- Hughesville Borough Authority received a $1.7 million loan to expand its service area and upgrade its facilities to provide a more reliable source of safe drinking water to nearly 1,000 households, the Muncy Industrial Park and the Timberend Keystone Opportunity Zone.
-- Easton Suburban Water Authority received a $3.2 million loan to replace two deteriorated and structurally deficient drinking water storage tanks with two new, one-million-gallon steel tanks that will provide a reliable source of water to more than 32,000 households.
-- Clarendon Acres Water Company received a $332,140 loan to develop a new well and construct a new drinking water storage tank to provide a reliable source of water to its customers.
PENNVEST WASTEWATER PROJECTS:
-- Franklin Township received a $6.7 million loan and an $825,802 grant to construct nearly 10 miles of wastewater collection lines to eliminate the use of on-lot septic systems that are malfunctioning and contaminating local drinking water wells with coliform bacteria.
-- Jim Thorpe Borough received a $1.7 million loan to install nearly two miles of new wastewater collection lines to eliminate public health and safety hazards caused by malfunctioning on-lot septic systems.
-- Cambridge Area Joint Authority received a $6.4 million loan to expand and upgrade the authority's wastewater treatment plant that currently discharges raw sewage into French Creek during heavy rain.
-- Chadds Ford Township Sewer Authority received a $1.6 million loan to construct a new sewage collection system for the Village of Chadds Ford, as well as to install a low pressure force main to convey the sewage to the Turner's Mill wastewater treatment plant. The authority will also use a portion of the funds to purchase treatment capacity at the plant.
-- Wayne Township Municipal Authority received a $5.6 million loan to construct more than 10 miles of sewer collection and main lines, as well as a pump station and other facilities, to serve households in an area of the township where more than half of the septic systems are malfunctioning.
-- Butler Township received a $5.5 million loan to convert an existing wastewater treatment plant into a pump station and install nearly two miles of force main and gravity sewers to convey wastewater from two sections of the township for treatment at another treatment plant that is soon to be expanded and upgraded.
-- Derry Township Sanitary Sewer Authority received a $4.6 million loan to construct a new sewage collection system to serve the Maitland area of the township where on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and contaminating local drinking water wells.
-- Coolbaugh Township received a $1.8 million loan and a $415,406 grant to replace the existing, overloaded wastewater treatment plant with a new plant that will provide adequate service to households in Tobyhanna Village and the Pocono Mountains Corporate Center that is currently under development. This project will benefit existing employers and contribute to the creation of more than 200 new jobs at the industrial park.
-- Kreamer Municipal Authority received a $1.7 million loan to replace the existing wastewater treatment plant with a new, larger plant, as well as to install nearly a mile of force main. This project will provide adequate wastewater treatment service to local households and to four locally owned manufacturers that are currently unable to expand their operations due to inadequate service. As a result of this project, these businesses will be able to add an additional 210 new jobs.
-- Conemaugh Township received a $12.7 million loan and a $2.7 million grant to expand and upgrade an existing sewage treatment plant, construct a new pump station, install more than 31 miles of new wastewater collection lines and make other improvements to serve an area of the township where malfunctioning on-lot septic systems are contaminating yards, roadways and tributaries of Benscreek. The project will allow three local businesses to add new jobs. The expanded treatment capacity could help attract new business to the area.
-- Brokenstraw Valley Area Authority received a $2.2 million loan and a $437,809 grant to construct nearly 13 miles of wastewater collection lines and make other improvements to the wastewater treatment system to eliminate the use of malfunctioning on-lot septic systems and provide improved service to a local business that will create 10 new jobs.
-- Nicholson Borough Authority received a $3.4 million loan and a $617,630 grant to construct nearly seven miles of wastewater collection lines and a new treatment facility to serve about 300 households, most of which have malfunctioning on-lot septic systems.
Source: Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
Web Site: http://www.governor.state.pa.us/
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