(HARRISBURG) – The Mount Union Municipal Authority will receive $2.14 million in PENNVEST funds to replace residential and commercial meters, state Senator Judy Ward (R-30) announced today.
“Water and sewer systems are very important to the health of a community, but very expensive to build and maintain,” Senator Ward said. “Townships and boroughs — and authorities that serve them — can help to pay for upgrades and new construction with the help of a PENNVEST grant or loan.”
“I was happy to advocate for this project, which will ultimately safeguard public health with the removal of any possible lead components within the system,” Rep. Irvin (R-81) said. “It is always a good day when we can bring tax dollars back to the district to improve the quality of life here.”
The authority will use the funds to replace 2,060 residential and commercial meters, install a reading system and replace some lead or galvanized service lines.
Established in 1988, the PENNVEST program provides low-interest loans and grants to communities for new construction or improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants. Many of these small community water and sewer systems are in need of major rehabilitation or are too overburdened to accommodate new growth.
PENNVEST is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from Act 13 of 2012, the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.
CONTACT: Cheryl Schriner