HARRISBURG – Sen. Elder Vogel, Jr. (R-47) today announced over $10 million in state grants have been awarded for 28 water infrastructure, arts and culture projects in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties.
“Continuing to invest in our water infrastructure allows our communities to ensure local wastewater can properly and efficiently be removed and treated as well as provide our residents access to clean drinking water,” said Vogel. “Not to mention the funding being awarded for arts and culture recovery in our area aids our museums and theaters with maintenance and operating costs which allows them to remain open and provide learning and entertainment opportunities for our families.”
10 grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that is disbursed through the H20 PA Program:
- Brighton Township Municipal Authority will receive $300,000 for procuring and replacing 3,200 water service meters within the BTMA service area in the township in Beaver County.
- Center Township Sanitary Authority will receive $265,823 for the construction of a 140,000-gallon wet well storage tank at the New College Wastewater Lift Station and $633,492 to rehabilitate the Lower Moon Run sanitary sewer interceptor both in the township in Beaver County.
- Hopewell Township will receive $1,110,050 to assist with replacing and lining VCP piping along route 151 and the Upper Raccoon Creek Interceptor Sewer in the township in Beaver County.
- Western Butler County Authority will receive $500,000 for the conversion of a wastewater treatment plant to a pump station and the installation of sanitary sewer main in Jackson Township, Butler County.
- Aliquippa Municipal Water Authority will receive $475,000 to construct an elevated water storage tank located in Potter Township, Beaver County.
- Beaver Borough Municipal Authority will receive $1 million for upgrades to its sewage treatment plant in Beaver County.
- Jackson Township will receive $500,000 for the extension of water lines to 36 residential homes in the township in Butler County.
- Cranberry Township will receive $1,750,000 for upgrades to the Brush Creek Treatment Plant in the township in Butler County.
- Economy Borough Municipal Authority will receive $315,353 for the Conway Pump Station Rehabilitation project in the borough in Beaver County.
15 grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 ARPA funds administered through the PA Small Water and Sewer (SWS) Program:
- Harmony Township will receive $203,722 for storm sewer infrastructure improvements and $141,820 for sanitary sewer line rehabilitation both in the township in Beaver County
- Rochester Area Joint Sewer Authority will receive $430,450 for an interceptor rehabilitation project located in both Rochester and Freedom boroughs, Beaver County.
- Monaca Borough will receive $250,000 for the 9th Street Storm/Sanitary Sewer Separation Project in the borough in Beaver County.
- Conway Borough will receive $150,000 for waterline replacement along 10th Street and 3rd Avenue in the borough in Beaver County.
- Midland Borough will receive $308,000 for a sewer system cleaning and televising project for their sewer system and $414,970 s for combines and sanitary sewer replacements throughout multiple locations within the borough in Beaver County.
- Ellport Borough Sewer Authority will receive $127,925 to make improvements at the Sixth Street Sanitary Sewer System in the borough in Lawrence County.
- Industry Borough will receive $215,050 for the Stormwater Improvements project in the borough in Beaver County.
- Vanport Township Municipal Authority will receive $422,110 to rehabilitate the water storage tank in the township in Beaver County.
- Hopewell Township will receive $245,000 for the Raccoon Creek Bar Screen Replacement project in the township in Beaver County.
- Zelienople Borough will receive $100,000 for a waterline replacement project along Market Street in the borough in Butler County.
- Cranberry Township will receive $272,565 to construct a water line in the township in Butler County.
- Rochester Borough Sewer and Maintenance Authority will receive $117,300 for repairs to its sanitary sewer system in Beaver County.
- Freedom Borough Collection and Conveyance Authority will receive $154,415 for sanitary sewer improvements in the borough in Beaver County.
Three grants are being funded with federal COVID-19 ARPA money that is being distributed through the PA Arts and Culture Recovery (PARC) Program:
- Harmony Inc. will receive $10,000 to fund operating costs for the History Museum or Historical Site in Harmony Borough, Butler County.
- Keystone State Music Theater Association will receive $18,569 for operating expenses for the Arts Organization in Cranberry Township, Butler County.
- The Strand Theater Initiative will receive $20,299 to offset lost revenue and for operating new program and marketing expenses for the Arts Organization in Zelienople City, Butler County.
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 system are eligible to apply as long as their projects exceed a total cost of $30,000.
PACR was created to provide grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, local arts and culture districts, and arts and culture professionals located in Pennsylvania to ensure the stability and recovery of the commonwealth’s arts and culture sector from the COVID-19 pandemic.
CONTACT: Abby Chiumento, 717-787-3076