Scarnati Announces $1.97 Million PENNVEST funding awarded in Jefferson County

(HARRISBURG) – The Punxsutawney Boro – Indiana Street Sanitary & Storm Water Replacement Project has been awarded a low interest loan of $1,969,660.00 through the state’s PENNVEST Program to make major improvements, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati, who advocated for the funding, explained that a portion of the Borough of Punxsutawney’s sewage collection system is deteriorated and has exceeded its useful life. The problem is compounded by extensive inflow and infiltration from the adjacent stormwater system.

 “This substantial investment in our region was approved on April 22nd, at the PENNVEST Board Meeting,” Scarnati said.  “I commend the Borough of Punxsutawney for undertaking this important project.  Water systems are extremely vital to the health of a community, but very expensive to build and maintain.”

The project will replace the terracotta sanitary sewer lines on Altman Avenue, Indiana Street, Shermerhorn Avenue, and Spruce Street with 2,640 feet of sewer lines, 1,000 feet of sewer laterals, and 15 manholes. The project will also replace approximately 1,670 feet of stormwater conveyance pipe, 30 storm sewer inlets, and 1 storm sewer manhole.  This project serves 2,230 customers within the Borough of Punxsutawney. This is an existing system, and rates are not expected to increase.

 “I’m very pleased that this substantial assistance was approved by PENNVEST and will provide support for improvements for Punxutawney Borough,” Scarnati said.  “The funding will certainly be a crucial part of helping to safeguard our local water supplies and protect public health.  During these challenging times, we must ensure that our critical infrastructure continues to serve our communities well.”

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

 

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