State Funding Awarded to Local Sewer Authority

(HARRISBURG) – The Shamokin-Coal Township Joint Sewer Authority (Authority) in Northumberland County has been awarded funding through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to assist in the upgrade of its system, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt Masser (R-107). 

Through PENNVEST, the Authority will receive $2,905,517 in grant money and another $80,319 in low-interest loans.  The project calls for the replacement of the anaerobic digester lids at the facility.  They were last replaced in 1997 and are now at the end of their useful life.  The new lids will help to limit the escape of methane and other greenhouse gasses.

“I want to thank the PENNVEST Board for making this significant investment, which will have a lasting impact on the residents of the Shamokin and Coal Township area,” said Senator Gordner.  “I also want to recognize the Authority for its hard work to make this project become a reality.”

The completed project will serve a total of 9,325 households.

“The $2.9 million grant will save the ratepayers in the area a significant amount of money and will allow this project to be successfully completed,” said Representative Masser.

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.

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens mstephens@pasen.gov