Scarnati Announces $668,514 in State Funding for 25th Senatorial District

(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $668,514 in state funding for three local water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

 “I commend our local boroughs and city for seeking out support and receiving these substantial grants,” Scarnati said. “I am extremely pleased to announce that three projects in our region have received state funding for important public water improvements to better serve area residents and businesses.  These projects will certainly provide numerous benefits to our community for decades to come.”

The projects approved for funding are a part of the PA Small Water and Sewer Grant Program.  According to Scarnati, all of the funding being awarded for the three projects are in the form of state grants.  The financing was approved at the March 29th CFA meeting in Harrisburg. 

Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across three counties:

Cameron County

  • Driftwood Borough – $203,965 grant
    This grant will go towards the construction of a new well at the Driftwood Water System Slow Sand Filtration Plant in Nanny Run in Gibson Township.  Driftwood Borough plans to create the new groundwater source of potable water by re-drilling and reconstructing an existing well to meet public water supply standards.  In addition, the project consists of the replacement of filtering sand for the existing three filter beds located at the Slow Sand Filtration Plant.  The total project cost is $239,959.

Clearfield County

  • City of DuBois – $364,549 grant
    This grant will provide funding for upgrades at the water treatment plant, located in Union Township.  By replacing and upgrading the chemical feed equipment and the new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, the City will be able to monitor levels of all the chemicals used and make adjustments to ensure maximum efficiency of the water treatment process.  The City will also improve safety and security at the water treatment site with cameras and motion detectors.  The total project cost is $428,881.

McKean County

  • Borough of Smethport Authority – $100,000 grant
    This grant will assist the Borough of Smethport to replace water lines located in Keating Township.  The majority of the water lines were installed around 1880.  Today the water supply is derived from town wells and the existing lines are oversized for the volume of water used, which leads to stagnation of old water in the lines.  The lines also have frequent breaks, resulting in interrupted water transmission, reduced capacity and significant water loss.  The completion of this project will provide a new, safe and dependable water system for individuals residing in the area.  The total project cost is $413,000.  

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.  

More information regarding programs administered by the CFA can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website: http://newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority. 

CONTACT: Kate Eckhart   keckhart@pasen.gov (717) 787-7084