Senator Ward Announces $11.7 Million for Alexandria Water Authority Improvements

(HARRISBURG) – Alexandria Borough, Huntingdon County, will receive $11.7 million to help enhance water services through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), according to state Sen. Judy Ward (R-30).

The Alexandria Borough Water Authority will receive a total of $7,330,175 in grant funding and $4,419,285 in the form of a low-interest loan.

“The repairs and improvements needed for this aging system come with an enormous price tag,” Sen. Ward said. “Without the help of PENNVEST, the ratepayers could not afford these needed upgrades that will ensure the system is functioning safely.”

The funds will be used to make improvements to the Robinson Run Reservoir. Improvements include the installation of a wall along the entire depth and perimeter of the dam, a new intake control structure, a 12-inch water transmission main to the water treatment plant, and a new reservoir overflow and spillway.

Funds also will be used to install about 40,000 feet of waterline, 55 fire hydrants, 75 shutoff/gate valves, 395 water meter replacements, a new water storage tank, rehabilitation to an existing water storage tank, a new system control valve vault, two membrane skid rehabilitations, valve and actuator replacements, new chemical feed systems, a new pre-strainer on the raw waterline, electrical and supervisory control, and data acquisition upgrades.

Founded in 1988, PENNVEST provides low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, as well as storm water and wastewater projects.

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