Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of Northern Neighbors Project

(WATSONTOWN) – – A seven year project to regionalize wastewater treatment in Northern Northumberland County was marked today by state and local officials with a ribbon cutting in Delaware Township.  The $14 million project will replace two outdated treatment systems, resulting in increased efficiencies, better environmental compliance and the potential for future economic development.

The project will be funded through grants from two competitive state environmental programs –H20 and PENNVEST – as well as from a 1% low-cost loan through PENNVEST, according to state Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Competitive programs favor regional and cooperative efforts, and this project represents an outstanding example of community cooperation for the better good,” said the Senator.  “I want to especially commend Bill Michael of Delaware Township for leading the effort.”

Outdated plants in Delaware Township and Watsontown will be decommissioned and wastewater will be transferred to the Milton Regional Sewer Authority.  Service will be expanded to about 120 homes, many with failing on-lot septic systems.  Economies of scale will be realized with about 2,000 Northern Neighbor customers joining the 3,800 non-industrial customers of the Milton Regional System.  The project also ensures compliance with the Chesapeake Bay strategy, and will allow for future expansion in northern Northumberland County.


Todd B. Roup
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