The North Sewickley Township Sanitary Authority and the Lawrence Hickory Municipal Authority will receive funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), according to Senator Elder Vogel.
PENNVEST awarded the funds at its April 24 board meeting. PENNVEST financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state. It is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth.
The North Sewickley Township Sanitary Authority received a $590,394 grant and a $1,495,803 low-interest loan for its Phase III and Eastvale Sewer Improvements project. The work includes Glendale Road, Harpers Ferry Road and Wises Grove Road, where an estimated 59 percent of the on-lot sewage systems are malfunctioning.
The project involves construction of almost eight miles of sanitary sewers and installation of 100 grinder pumps.
“This project will serve areas of the township where on-lot septic systems are malfunctioning and address serious environmental issues,” said Senator Vogel. “This is especially a problem during wet weather when the malfunctioning systems are discharging raw sewage into the Beaver River and Brush Run.
The Lawrence Hickory Municipal Authority was awarded a $4,333,700 low-interest loan for its Harlansburg Road (Hickory Township) Area Sanitary Sewer Line Extension which involves the installation of 55,000 feet of sewer lines and three pump stations.
“A survey of the area determined that more than half of the local on-lot septic systems were malfunctioning,” Senator Vogel said. “The project will also allow the Laurel School District to tap into municipal authority’s system and abandon the old and overloaded sewage treatment facility it operates for its elementary and high schools.”
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