(HARRISBURG) – The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $1,781,598 in state funding for five local flood protection and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District, announced Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
“Throughout my last twenty years serving in Harrisburg I have always advocated for the needs of the 25th Senatorial District and have fought to ensure that we receive our share of state investments,” Scarnati said. “Rural communities, like ours, deserve to have the same meaningful support as suburban and urban areas of Pennsylvania. These important grants will help to make improvements within our region that residents and visitors will benefit from for years to come.”
The projects approved for funding are a part of two different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the H2O PA Flood Control Funding Program and PA Small Water & Sewer Program.
The financing was approved at the August 17th CFA meeting. Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across four counties:
- City of DuBois – $710,000 grant (H2O PA Flood Control Funding Program)
This grant will provide support to rehabilitate the Sandy Lick Creek levee in DuBois City. Sandy Lick Creek was inspected by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in 2018 and the condition was found to be minimally acceptable because the stream banks have eroded after years of high water events. Additionally, gravel bars and deposits have accumulated in the levee crown, reducing the capacity of the flood control. Sandy Lick Creek will be restored based upon the recommendations of the Army Corp. The total project cost is $710,000.
- City of DuBois – $199,750 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)
This funding will assist with water system improvements in DuBois City. A leak detection system will be developed by installing 200 data loggers and repeaters throughout the water system. In addition, the leak detection equipment will allow the city to monitor and quickly identify and repair water leaks. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) requires the city to reduce their water loss from 24.4% to below 20%. Early identification of water leaks will reduce water loss to comply with the SRBC requirement. The total project cost is $235,000.
- Jones Township Municipal Authority – $292,956 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)
This grant will assist the Jones Township Municipal Authority with replacement of a water line in Jones Township. The new water line will help to increase water pressure and prevent dirt from entering the water system. The project also involves the addition of four new fire hydrants to improve emergency response and the replacement of eight gate valves to allow for efficient repairs. The total project cost is $344,655.
- The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Port Allegany – $425,000 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)
This grant will provide support for improvements to the water distribution main and service connections on Main Street in Port Allegany Borough. The Municipal Authority plans to replace 1,250 linear feet of water distribution main and service connections on Main Street between the intersections of Mill Street and Smith Avenue. The distribution main is thought to have leaded joints. The replacing of the water main and customer service connections will allow the authority to provide more reliable service to customers. The total project cost is $500,000.
- Galeton Borough Authority – $153,892 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)
This funding will assist the Galeton Borough Authority with upgrading their municipal water system located in West Branch Township. The water system does not currently comply with new regulations and is under a DEP Consent Order to address the issue. The authority plans to make upgrades to comply with the new mandated regulations. The project includes upgrades at the Water Filtration Plant and the Beech Flats Booster Station, including installing piping modifications, new flow meters, automated valves, a flushing hydrant, processing controls and programming and integration of analysis, control and alarm systems. The improvements will provide automated operation of the valves in response to elevated turbidity levels or low chlorine residual and provide an alarm notification to Borough personnel. The total project cost is $181,050.
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: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/
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