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Local infrastructure projects receive funding for water

Four projects in Blair County received Pennvest funding to make improvements to drinking water systems, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday. Projects in Bedford, Cambria and Huntingdon counties also were among those receiving funds.

In an ongoing effort to create a lead-free Pennsylvania, Wolf announced the investment of $186 million for 33 drinking water, wastewater and nonpoint source projects across 20 counties through Pennvest.

“The investments made today in our clean water systems and community infrastructure continue to underscore the work that remains to eradicate legacy contaminants like lead and other harmful chemicals,” Wolf said in a statement.

Drinking water projects to benefit from the Pennvest funds include:

Blair County

— The Bellwood Borough Authority received a $450,097 loan and a $706,965 grant to remove and replace approximately 3,015 feet of existing cast iron/lead water main along Route 865. The project will result in improved reliability and a significant reduction in potential lead contamination in the community’s drinking water, according to a news release.

— Greenfield Township Municipal Authority received a $2.9 million loan for the development of a new groundwater source capable of producing 350 gallons per minute, as well as the construction of a disinfection facility associated with the treatment. The project will ensure appropriate redundancy to meet system demands and increase reliability for the community.

— Hollidaysburg Borough Authority received a $970,645 loan and a $1,524,587 grant to replace deteriorating portions of the distribution system connected by leaded joints with 8,090 feet of ductile iron water distribution main. The project will decrease water loss and eliminate the potential of future lead contamination.

— Roaring Spring Municipal Authority received a $1,186,450 loan and a $1,863,550 grant to replace approximately 12,150 feet of existing cast iron water pipes that contain leaded joints. The replacement of century-old infrastructure will decrease systemwide water loss and reduce lead contamination for the community.

Bedford County

— The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Bedford received a $563,077 loan and a $884,423 grant to replace cast iron piping with leaded joints and leaded goosenecks with approximately 4,280 feet of water main and lateral services. The project will address 20% average water loss and reduce potential lead contamination to the community.

Cambria County

— Ebensburg Municipal Authority received a $805,765 loan and a $1,265,610 grant to replace 4,140 feet of lead-jointed cast iron piping along with associated curb boxes and lead goosenecks. The project will aid in decreasing water loss and eliminate lead exposure for the community.

— Hastings Municipal Authority received a $263,057 loan and a $413,183 grant to replace approximately 1,840 feet of cast iron water main pipes containing leaded joints, as well as any leaded gooseneck service connections. The project will address potential lead contamination among the service area and frequent leaks that exist in the current water line.

— Nanty Glo Water Authority received an $872,138 loan and a $1,369,862 grant to remove and replace approximately 6,600 feet of cast iron distribution main and leaded joints with new ductile iron water main. The project will eliminate century-old infrastructure and eliminate potential lead contamination among the service population.

Huntingdon County

— Alexandria Borough Water Authority received a $2.3 million grant to install a clay-bentonite slurry wall along the depth and perimeter of the Robinson Run reservoir, while also completing a transmission main to the water treatment plant and a new spillway. The project will improve the dam structure, which is under threat of failure and increase the reliability of the water source.

— Alexandria Borough Water Authority received a $4,419,285 loan and a $5,030,715 grant to install approximately 40,000 feet of water lines and appurtenances as well as rehabilitate an existing water storage tank and system. The project will address significant water loss issues and improve reliability for the customer base.

“Our children and future generations of Pennsylvanians depend on our efforts to ensure clean, safe drinking water,” Wolf said. “They deserve better. I’m proud to demonstrate our continued commitment to the environment and our communities.”

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to Pennvest from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous Pennvest funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to Pennvest for review, according to a news release from the Wolf administration.

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