Brownstown to Get Millions in State Help for Sewer Repair

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25, 2012 – More than half of a $4.6 million state loan for Brownstown’s sewer improvements will be forgiven, state Sen. John N. Wozniak and state Rep. Bryan Barbin announced today.

The borough’s sewage collection system has had problems during wet weather, resulting in overflows.  The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) met today and awarded the borough a $4.6 million loan for the project, with $2.6 million of that to be forgiven.

“Investments in our infrastructure will help preserve the environment and pay dividends for years to come,” Wozniak said. “It’s great to be able to announce that local customers will get help with a project that stands to benefit the entire region.”

The project will include installation of more than 22,000 Feet of eight-inch sewer lines and 2,500 feet of six –inch lines.  The current sewer system has been plagued by infiltration from storm water, resulting in overflows into the Conemaugh River.

“Customers will have to pay more, but the low interest and loan forgiveness will help ease the burden,” Barbin said. “PENNVEST has recognized the commitment of local officials and the need for help in the community.”

The borough will borrow$1.9 million of the $4.6 million project at one percent interest per year.  The loan forgiveness is expected to save customers an average of $450 per year.