(HARRISBURG) – Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County has been awarded funding through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to assist in making improvements to its wastewater system, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108).
Through PENNVEST, the Township will receive $1,697, 027 in grant money and another $1,492,019 in low-interest loans. The Township has pledged an additional $424,954 to cover the remaining costs. The project calls for the elimination of 46 residential septic tanks and the existing Mount Pleasant Wastewater Treatment plant. It will then route this wastewater into the Sunbury Municipal Authority’s collection system, through the construction of two new sanitary sewage pumping stations, 18,700 feet of forcemain and a gravity collection system.
“I want to thank the PENNVEST Board for making this significant investment to the greater Sunbury area,” said Senator Gordner. “Through these funds, public health will be greatly improved.”
The existing Mount Pleasant Wastewater Treatment facility is unable to consistently meet effluent limitations for ammonia-nitrogen when it discharges treated sewage effluent to an unnamed tributary of the Susquehanna River. This project will assist in making the Township compliant with the effluent limits.
“I’d like to congratulate the Upper Augusta Township officials for partnering with the state and making this commitment to protecting the Susquehanna River,” said Representative Culver. “It is an important resource for the people of Sunbury and the surrounding communities. This project will help to protect it and allow residents to continue to enjoy what it has to offer for many years to come.”
PENNVEST offers grants and low interest loans to assist municipalities with sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The program is designed to contribute to the long-term health of Pennsylvanians, while also fostering economic growth at the same time.
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