Wednesday, April 21, 2021

PennVEST Announces Investment Of $117 Million For 25 Water Infrastructure Projects In 19 Counties; Approves PFAS Funding Program

On April 21, the
PA Infrastructure Investment Authority announced the investment of $117 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, and non-point source projects benefiting 19 counties.

PennVEST also approved the implementation of a program created by Act 101 of 2019 to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), marking the first dedicated source of funding to combat these potentially toxic contaminants in the Commonwealth.

"This historic investment in Pennsylvania’s clean water and healthy communities serves as a fitting celebration of Earth Week, when our country celebrates advances in environmental protection and committed stewardship of our lands and waters,” said Governor Wolf. “Not only do the awards made in our communities strengthen our clean water facilities, but they also address legacy contaminants like lead and PFAS, which should never endanger the welfare of our children and families.” 

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PennVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PennVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PennVEST for review. 

In addition to continued improvements to drinking and wastewater facilities, PennVEST utilized resources available under the U.S. Water Infrastructure Fund Transfer Act (WIFTA), signed into law in 2019, which allows for a transfer of funding to specifically address lead line replacements.  

Click Here for a list of projects funded.

For more information on water infrastructure funding opportunities, visit the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority website.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PA Environment Digest Grants & Awards webpage for more information on environmental and energy funding opportunities.

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[Posted: April 21, 2021] 
PA Environment Digest

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