The New Castle Sanitation Authority was today (July 17) awarded $32 million in financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for major upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant, according to Senator Elder Vogel (R-47).
PENNVEST awarded a $23,437,982 low-interest loan and an $8,562,018 grant to the authority for the first phase of a multi-phase project to upgrade the 50-year-old sewage treatment plant.
“Most of the equipment in the plant is 20 to 50 years old, so it’s not surprising that it needs to be replaced,” said Senator Vogel. “The facility can no longer handle the overload caused by wet weather events, with raw sewage ultimately ending up in the Mahoning River. This funding will help the authority address that contamination problem and other public safety and quality of life concerns, while easing the financial burden that otherwise would be placed on ratepayers.”
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.
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