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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Area Water Companies Get Money

Two facilities in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded a total of $3.145 million in low-interest loans to make major improvements to their water systems, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati said the loans were awarded through the state’s PENNVEST Program. The Emporium Water Company in Emporium, Cameron County, and the Huston Township Water Authority in Penfield, Clearfield County were selected to receive the funding.

Emporium Water Company will utilize its $2.5 million loan to complete updates, including installation of a 10,000 gallon finished water tank, pump station and waterline in the Sylvan Heights area. A 500,000 gallon finished water tank and transmission will also be constructed near Britton Road in Shippen Township. The project includes rehabilitation of the Wheaton tank and system-wide upgrades as well.

Huston Township Water Authority will use its $645,000 loan to install 18,550 feet of 8-inch plastic water mains, a new concrete meter pit, eight fire hydrants and water line appurtenances.

“This PENNVEST financing is a substantial investment within our region,” Scarnati said. “The loans will help supply needed funding to ensure that area residents have access to clean water, while helping to create job growth. Both projects provide for crucial updates that will aide with protecting our local water supplies and public health.”

The state’s PENNVEST Program provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.

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