Wozniak: $10.9 Million in Grant/Loan Approved for Johnstown Sewer Project

Harrisburg, July 20, 2016 − The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved $10.9 million in a grant and loan package for a storm water separation project in Johnstowns 8th Ward, state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield) said today.

Johnstown is subject to consent order to address storm water inflows into the sanitary sewer system, Wozniak said.   These new dollars will be used to rehabilitate the system and address inflows in the 8th Ward.

Wozniak said that PENNVEST approved a grant of $5.8 million and a loan of $5 million to finance the rehabilitation of 40,000 feet of clay pipe by either sliplining or replacing the pipe. Manholes will be pressure sealed and public sewer laterals will be replaced.

Reducing storm water volume in sanitary sewers helps eliminate overflows, improves system performance and boosts water quality, Wozniak said. Finding state resources to help pay for the comprehensive rehabilitation of the system is an important way to manage costs.

The Westmont lawmaker said that grant portion of the financing package eliminated the need for local cost increases. User fees are not expected to rise as a result of this project.

According to PENNVEST, in periods of wet weather the sanitary system becomes overloaded and raw sewage flows into Stony Creek. The current system is 100 years old and nearly obsolete. It includes clay pipe and brick manholes that are swamped in wet weather.

Under the consent order, Johnstown is required to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by 2022.