HARRISBURG – State Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) today announced nearly $6.4 million in state funding has been awarded for water projects serving customers in Bellwood Borough and Antis Township.
“These projects will ensure local residents will continue to have reliable access to clean drinking water,” Ward said. “The state funding makes possible large projects that otherwise might put a significant financial burden on local water service customers.”
Bellwood Borough Authority received funding for two separate projects.
The first investment for more than $5.8 million will be used to replace existing cast-iron water distribution main with leaded joints. The project will replace approximately 19,610 feet of 3-inch to 8-inch ductile iron water distribution main and associated valves and 21 fire hydrants. The project also calls for service connections to be installed in Bellwood Borough and a small portion of Antis township.
The second investment for more than $490,000 will be used to replace 40 lead or galvanized service lines. Bellwood Borough Authority purchases its water from the Altoona Water Authority, which is replacing and upgrading its treatment system.
The funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). PENNVEST is an independent agency of the Commonwealth providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and stormwater projects in communities throughout Pennsylvania.
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Contact: Nathan Akers