(HARRISBURG) – – The Milton Regional Sewer Authority has been approved for a $300,000 Safe Water Grant through the Department of Environmental Protection for a plant upgrade that will allow a local industry to expand.
Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) worked with the Authority to secure the grant which will be used to upgrade the Authority’s wastewater treatment capacity. Additional capacity at the facility will allow for the expansion of the nearby ConAgra plant in Milton, once the $750,000 project is completed in the fall of this year.
“The Authority and ConAgra invited me to tour their impressive facilities last fall, and made a strong case for the need for the project,” said the Senator. “The economic development component of the proposal made it a strong contender for the limited state funding that is available for projects of this type.”
ConAgra discharges 1.7 million gallons of wastewater daily into the Milton system, which is the current maximum capacity, according to Superintendent George Myers. The Authority will now construct a dedicated pump station and return lines to ConAgra. The new facility will then return treated water to ConAgra to use for non-food related cooling water purposes at the manufacturing plant.
“The Milton Authority benefits from increased capacity and lower costs, while ConAgra benefits from reduced water consumption through the recirculation system,” said the Senator. “ConAgra is interested in expanding its operation and creating more jobs for our area, which would not be possible without the treatment plant upgrade.”
Todd B. Roup, Senator Gordner’s Office (717) 787-8928
George Myers, MRSA (570) 742-3424