Governor Tom Wolfe of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announced today an investment of US$117 million in 25 of 19 counties Drinking water projects, surplus water, and non-point sources pass through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Agency (PENNVEST).
“This historic investment in Pennsylvania’s drinking water and healthy communities coincides with Earth Week celebrations, as our country celebrates progress in environmental protection and the promised management of our land and waters,” said Governor Wolff. The awards awarded by our communities strengthen our drinking water facilities, but also solve the problem of genetic contaminants such as lead and PFAS, which should not endanger the well-being of our children and families.
Funding for these projects comes from the funds approved by voters in various states, the Growing Greener Fund, the Marcellus Legacy Fund, the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal grants to PENNVEST, and the repayment of loans previously granted by PENNVEST. Funds for these projects have been allocated
in addition to drinking water In addition to the continuous improvement of water and sewer facilities, PENNVEST also used the resources available under the U.S. Water Infrastructure Fund Transfer Act (WIFTA) promulgated in 2019 to allow the transfer of funds to specifically solve the problem of lead wire replacement.
PENNVEST also approved the implementation of a plan created by Act No. 101 of 2019 to address perfluorinated and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which marked the first dedicated source of funding to counteract these potentially toxic pollutants in the Commonwealth. The summary list of
projects is as follows:
Diffuse Source Project
** Lancaster County Conservation Area – Received a loan of US $ 708,183 to solve the problem of storing and removing animal manure in the dairy farm, and redirect seepage and runoff from nearby tributaries. The project will remove approximately 4,408 pounds of sediment, 1,921 pounds of nitrogen, and 6,719 pounds of phosphorus each year.
Old Lycoming Township – Received a loan of $ 388,757 to purchase a new street sweeper to reduce sediment and debris runoff to nearby waterways. The acquisition and use of new equipment is expected to reduce runoff by 10% and remove approximately 100,000 pounds of sediment during the first permit period. Removal of sediment will also reduce nitrogen and phosphorus runoff in several urban waterways.
Drinking Water Project
* New Kensington City Council-received a grant of $1,753,876 to replace approximately 326 lead service lines.
This project will help reduce unexplained water loss and reduce the possibility of lead contamination of users’ water.
* Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority-Received a grant of US$2,976,450 and a loan of US$35,573,550 to replace approximately 25,000 feet of water distribution pipes and 592 lead service lines. The project will reduce pipe breaks and eliminate lead exposure for 70,481 residential customers.
* West View Water Authority-Received a grant of $6,600,000 to replace 500 lead services and related infrastructure, totaling more than 20,000 feet of copper pipe.
This project will reduce the possibility of water being polluted by lead and provide customers with healthier water quality.
* WilkinsburgPenn United Water Authority-Received a grant of $9,330,720 to replace approximately 1,000 lead service lines with a total length of 40,000 feet.
This project will improve the quality of water supplied to customers and eliminate the possibility of lead contamination.
* Aliquippa City Water Authority-Received a grant of $2,041,700 to replace 184 existing lead water lines with copper water lines.
This project will resolve the highest level of contaminant violations and comply with the consent order and agreement of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
* Carrolltown Borough Authority – Received a $ 300,000 grant to replace approximately 520 individual service meters with lead-free electromagnetic flow meters and to replace flow control with lead-free valves.
This project will reduce the possibility of lead-contaminated water and reduce unexplained water loss.
* Barton Township – Received a $ 600,000 grant to replace approximately 700 feet of cast iron pipe with lead fittings and 600 feet of service line.
This project will support water loss efforts by replacing aging infrastructure and reducing the possibility of lead-contaminated water.