Wozniak: State Grant for Johnstown, Bedford County Wastewater Projects

Harrisburg Oct. 21, 2015 More than $ 14 million in state grant funding has been approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for wastewater treatment projects in Johnstown and East Providence Township, Bedford County, state Sen. John N. Wozniak (D-Cambria/Bedford/Clearfield) said today.

The improvement, repair or replacement of wastewater treatment systems helps improve water quality and protect the environment, Wozniak said. The grants will enable critical wastewater separation and water treatment projects to be completed.

In Cambria County, PENNVEST approved a $10.9 million grant for Johnstown to replace more than 33,000 feet of sanitary sewers and rehabilitate 3,400 more feet in addition to repairing manhole covers and lateral inspection ports.

Wozniak said that the Johnstown project is intended to correct the overflow of untreated sewage into the Conemaugh River during periods of wet weather.

The project includes replacing a 90-year-old clay pipe system and brick manhole covers, Wozniak said. This is an important upgrade of the wastewater system that will generate benefits for the entire region.

The Johnstown project is expected to create 20 construction-related jobs.

The Bedford County project has a total project cost of $4.1 million, with PENNVEST providing $3.7 million in grant funding to the East Providence Municipal Authority.

The funds have been earmarked for the authority to make improvements to the pump system, aeration system, tanks, flow metering and other elements of the wastewater treatment system.

Wozniak said that project will replace aging equipment and address effluent quality and regulatory compliance issues.

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