(HARRISBURG) – – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today approved loans for upgrades of two Upper Northumberland County wastewater systems, according to Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27). Senator Gordner said PENNVEST approved loans and grants of $10.8 million for Delaware Township and $5 million for Lewis Township.
The Delaware Township project is a regional effort, where the township and Watsontown Borough will be decommissioning existing, aging sewer systems and conveying wastewater to the Milton Regional Sewer Authority system. By decommissioning the older systems and joining Milton, additional sewer capacity will be available to Delaware Township and Watsontown. Further, the project will enable the communities to meet Chesapeake Bay and Clean Streams water quality standards. PENNVEST will loan the Authority $8.4 million, while $2.3 million will be in grants. The entire project will cost nearly $15 million.
“Delaware Township and Watsontown both recognized the need to correct inadequate disposal issues and to provide for continued growth in Upper Northumberland County, and took the important steps to upgrade the system”, said Senator Gordner. “They are to be commended for their pro-active work on this important project.”
The Lewis Township project will cost $5 million and involves a new wastewater collection and conveyance system, new pumping stations and the purchase of the existing Warrior Run School District waste disposal system. The new system will eliminate malfunctioning on-lot systems, which has caused contamination of an estimated 34 percent of private water wells in the township. Additionally, a township business has announced plans to expand once additional sewage capacity is available. Lewis Township’s package includes $2.7 million in loans and $2.3 million in grants.
“There is a high number of malfunctioning on-lot systems in the township, and this project will go a long way toward protection of the environment and the health of area residents,’ said Senator Gordner.
PENNVEST is an independent state agency that provides financial assistance to upgrade water, sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth.