The state of Pennsylvania has allocated $194.3 million for 28 water projects in 20 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). The projects will focus on replacing corrosive pipes, upgrading outdated systems and services and reducing contaminants to increase the public’s access to clean drinking water.
“We are making a major investment in Pennsylvanians’ communities, ensuring that our residents have access to pure water and upholding their constitutional rights here in the Commonwealth,” Gov. Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s citizens have access to safe and secure infrastructure is a fundamental responsibility of government.”
Funds come from voter-approved state initiatives, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy and the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority received a $13.8 million grant and a $18 million loan to replace over 2,500 lead service lines to eliminate lead exposure and conserve water.
Ford City Borough, northeast of Pittsburgh in Armstrong County, received a $9.5 million grant in addition to a $4.7 million loan to replace cast-iron and lead pipes and install water service lines and fire hydrants to reduce health risks and prevent water loss.
Other projects include:
- $9.5 million grant and $5.9 million loan to Shinglehouse, just south of the New York state line in Potter County, to update the aging treatment plant equipment.
- $4.2 million grant and $4.1 million loan to install and replace water and service lines in Sandy Lake, which is south of Erie in Mercer County.
- $3.4 million grant and $2.4 million loan to the Bellwood Borough Authority in Blair County to replace cast-iron and lead water distribution main, install fire hydrants and service connections.
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