The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today (October 23) awarded nearly $10 million in funding for projects in Erie and Warren counties, according to Senator Scott E. Hutchinson.
The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Union City (Erie County) was awarded $7.5 million — $4,405,237 grant and $3,094,763 low-interest loan for water system improvements. The project includes construction of a 669,000 gallon storage tank, installation of nearly 2,800 feet of water lines and additions to the water treatment plant.
“This project also will provide upgrades to the water plant which was constructed in 1953 and doesn’t meet current regulatory standards,” said Senator Hutchinson.
The North Warren Municipal Authority was awarded a $2.28 million low-interest loan by PENNVEST for water system improvements. The project involves the installation of 17,500 feet of water lines, 320 new service connections, 18 fire hydrants, and 35 gate valves.
“The authority’s customers are served by asbestos-lined concrete water lines that were installed in the 1940s. The lining poses a safety hazard and the age of the pipes means they are brittle and prone to break. In fact, the system has a water loss rate of about 50 percent,” Senator Hutchinson said. “This project will replace those lines, providing customers with safe and reliable water service.”
PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state. It is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.