Ward Announces Nearly $3.5 Million in Blair County Infrastructure Grants

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) today announced nearly $3.5 million in state grant funding has been awarded for water and sewer infrastructure projects in Blair County.

“Communities rely on their local governments to provide safe and effective waste and storm water management services,” Ward said. “These projects will ensure residents can maintain a quality standard of living. Families and businesses in several Blair County communities will benefit tremendously from these grants.”

Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority has been awarded a $2.51 million grant to construct wastewater system extension and acquire land along Reservoir Road in Blair Township.

Hollidaysburg Borough will receive a $690,000 grant for the Gaysport stormwater improvements in the borough.

The grants are being provided with money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that is disbursed through the H20 PA Program.

Newry Borough has been awarded a nearly $200,000 grant for stormwater improvements along Patrick Lane and Dublin Street in the borough.

Williamsburg Municipal Authority will receive a nearly $73,000 grant for its wastewater treatment plant improvement project located in Catharine Township.

Funding for these projects is being provided through federal COVID-19 ARPA funds administered through the PA Small Water and Sewer (SWS) Program.

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA was created in 2004 as an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to administer the commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.

Established by the General Assembly in 2008, the H2O PA Program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

The SWS Program provides grants for small water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure projects. Municipalities and municipal authorities that own and maintain a public water supply, sanitary sewer or storm water systems are eligible to apply as long as their projects exceed a total cost of $30,000.


Contact: Nathan Akers

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