April 21, 2021
Wolf Announces $117 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 19
Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $117 million for 25
drinking water, wastewater, and non-point source projects across 19 counties
through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).
"This historic investment in Pennsylvanias clean water
and healthy communities serves as a fitting celebration of Earth Week, when our
country celebrates advances in environmental protection and committed
stewardship of our lands and waters, said Governor Wolf. Not only do the awards
made in our communities strengthen our clean water facilities, but they also
address legacy contaminants like lead and PFAS, which should never endanger the
welfare of our children and families.
The funding for these projects originates from a combination
of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds,
federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and
recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these
projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are
submitted to PENNVEST for review.
In addition to continued improvements to drinking and
wastewater facilities, PENNVEST utilized resources available under the U.S.
Water Infrastructure Fund Transfer Act (WIFTA), signed into law in 2019, which
allows for a transfer of funding to specifically address lead line
replacements. PENNVEST also approved the implementation of a program
created by Act 101 of 2019 to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl
substances (PFAS), marking the first dedicated source of funding to combat
these potentially toxic contaminants in the Commonwealth.
A list of project summaries follows:
Non-Point Source Projects
County Conservation District received a $708,183 loan to address animal
waste storage and removal at a dairy farm, redirecting barnyard seepage
and runoff from nearby tributaries. The project will eliminate
approximately 4,408 pounds of sediment, 1,921 pounds of nitrogen and 6,719
pounds of phosphorus annually.
Lycoming Township received a $388,757 loan to acquire a new vacuum
street sweeper, reducing sediment and debris runoff into nearby waterways.
The acquisition and use of new equipment is anticipated to reduce runoff
by 10%, eliminating approximately 100,000 pounds of sediment within the
first permit cycle. The removal of sediment will also reduce nitrogen and
phosphorus runoff in waterways of multiple municipalities.
Drinking Water Projects
Authority of the City of New Kensington received a $1,753,876 grant to
replace approximately 326 lead service lines. The project will aid
in the reduction of unaccounted-for water loss and reduce the possibility
of lead-contaminated water for users.
Water and Sewer Authority received a $2,976,450 grant and a $35,573,550
loan to replace approximately 25,000 feet of distribution piping and 592
lead service lines. The project will reduce water main breaks and
eliminate lead exposure to 70,481 residential customers.
View Water Authority received a $6,600,000 grant to replace 500 lead
services and associated infrastructure, totaling more than 20,000 feet of
copper piping. The project will reduce the possibility of
lead-contaminated water and provide customers with healthier water
Joint Water Authority received a $9,330,720 grant to replace
approximately 1,000 lead service lines, totaling 40,000 feet of
piping. The project will improve water quality supplied to customers
and eliminate the potential for lead contamination.
Water Authority of Aliquippa received a $2,041,700 grant to replace 184
existing lead water service lines with copper water service lines.
The project will address a Maximum Contaminant Level violation and satisfy
a Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Consent Order and
- *Carrolltown Borough Municipal Authority received a
$300,000 grant to replace approximately 520 individual service meters with
lead-free magnetic meters, and replace flow control valves with lead-free
valves. The project will reduce the possibility of lead-contaminated
water and decrease unaccounted-for water loss.
Municipal Authority received a $600,000 grant to replace approximately
700 feet of cast iron pipe that has leaded joints, as well as 600 feet of
service line. The project will support water loss efforts by
replacing aged infrastructure and reduce the possibility of
Borough received a $1,577,200 grant to replace 5,100 feet of existing
cast iron water lines that contain lead components to improve service to
76 connections. The project will improve the systems water
conservation by eliminating water line leaks and eliminate lead exposure
Creek Borough Municipal Authority received a grant of $1,400,000 to
replace approximately 2,600 feet of lead water mains within the Main
Street water distribution line with polyvinyl chloride piping. The
project will reduce unaccounted-for water loss and eliminate lead exposure
to the community.
of Chambersburg received a $3,299,828 grant to remove and replace up to
1,968 lead goosenecks, in addition to any lead or galvanized service lines
encountered during the removal process. The process will reduce lead
exposure to approximately 8,209 residential customers and maintain
compliance with federal lead and copper guidelines.
Union Municipal Authority received a $1,900,000 grant and a $240,000
loan to replace approximately 2,060 residential and commercial meters,
while also removing any lead or galvanized service lines encountered
during removal. The project will improve the ability to monitor water
usage and water loss more accurately while eliminating lead exposure to
Water Company received a $4,500,000 loan to construct two new intake
screens with air burst and frazil ice protection systems, in addition to a
new natural gas emergency/standby generator. The project will improve
system intake, which is subject to clogging from frazil ice, and will
replace equipment that has reached the end of useful life.
of Bethlehem received a $2,875,000 grant to replace approximately 250
existing residential lead service lines for an estimated total of 12,500
feet of assumed lead materials. The project will reduce public
exposure to lead in drinking water and improve reliability of service by
replacing aged, failing water lines.
Borough received a $1,078,785 grant to install a new iron and manganese
filtration system for a back-up well water source. The project will
reduce contaminants below maximum levels and improve water quality.
of Schuylkill Haven received a $529,645 grant to replace approximately
54 existing lead service lines, for an estimated total of 3,000 feet. The
project will reduce public exposure to lead in drinking water and
unaccounted-for water loss.
Authority of the City of Franklin received a $914,602 grant to replace
approximately 4,400 feet of lead piping, joints, and service
laterals. The project will eliminate lead exposure in the water
supply and reduce the potential risk of long-term health effects for
Municipal Authority of the Borough of Derry received a $2,896,669 grant
to replace approximately 170 lead service lines, extending from the
distribution main to residential property curb stops. The project
will reduce the possibility of lead-contaminated water and replace aged
distribution lines, aiding in the reduction of unaccounted-for water
Municipal Authority received an $840,650 grant and a $409,350 loan to
repair a belt press facility and convert a sludge storage building into a
rotary press facility with dewatering equipment. The project will
address National Fire Protection Agency code requirements and improve a
system that has reached the end of useful life.
Region Water received a $21,000,000 loan to rehabilitate and replace
deteriorated sewer piping, while also installing a new stormwater
system throughout the service area. The project will reduce raw sewage
overflows and resulting exposure to the public, while also addressing
combined sewer stormwater systems affecting the
Township received a $100,479 grant and a $499,521 loan to install 4,425
feet of sanitary sewer main, with associated valves and cleanout
assemblies. The project will replace septic systems that have failed, are
failing, or are suspected failures.
Township Sewer Authority received a $2,500,000 loan to replace an
existing pump station on Oliver Road, increasing design capacity from 180
to 800 gallons-per-minute. The project will address a Corrective Action
Plan and allow for new connections to the existing wastewater system,
while also reducing untreated or inadequately-treated discharges into
local waterways draining into Elk Creek and Lake Erie.
Municipal Authority received an $8,345,355 grant and a $1,214,259 loan
to eliminate over 50,000 feet of existing vitrified clay pipe, which has
been identified as an infiltration source or as unserviceable. The project
will eliminate wet weather overflows and diminish adverse impacts on
aquatic life in tributaries of the Monongahela River.
Township received a $1,002,000 loan to establish public sewer service
for homes in the area of Schell Road and Koch Road, including installation
of 1,443 feet of gravity sewer main and 3,700 feet of high-density force
mains. The project will eliminate malfunctioning onlot
disposal systems and threats to public health resulting from those
* denotes projects that are funded with Drinking Water State
** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lyndsay
Kensinger, Governor, RA-GVGOVPRESS@pa.gov
Brent Sailhamer, PENNVEST, 717.574.8455