HARRISBURG, April 25, 2012 –State Sen. John N. Wozniak, along with state Reps. Frank Burns and Gary Haluska announced today nearly $20 million in grants and loans aimed at improving local water and sewer systems.
“While local governments continue to struggle with a difficult economy and budget restraints, these grants and loans will allow them to make critical investments in infrastructure that will protect the environment and create jobs,” Wozniak said.
The aid comes from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), which reviews applications for help with local water and sewer projects across the commonwealth.
Woodward Township Water and Sewer Authority in Clearfield County will receive a $4.1 million low-interest loan along with a $3.9 million grant to install more than eight miles of sewer lines in the township to address the malfunction of on-lot sewer systems.
More than half the homes in the area have malfunctioning septic systems.
The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Ebensburg will receive a $5 million low-interest loan to replace the authority’s water treatment plant and nearly two miles of water lines. The project is in response to a high number of water-line breaks through structural deterioration.
“This project is important not just to ensure a clean water supply but also to improve the economy of the region and preserve jobs,” Burns said. “Businesses expand where there is confidence in the local infrastructure.”
The project will help protect more than 1,000 jobs in the Cambria County Industrial Park.
The Glendale Valley Municipal Authority will receive an $850,000 loan to address water quality issues. The authority will build more than 8,000 feet of water main and a booster pump.
“The low cost of this loan will allow residents to have confidence in their drinking water at no change in water rates,” Haluska said.
All of the projects are expected to be completed within the next year.