Monday, July 26, 2021

PennVEST Invests $97 Million In Clean Water Infrastructure, Nonpoint Source Pollution Reduction Projects In 19 Counties

On July 26, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the investment of $97 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and nonpoint source projects across 19 counties through the
PA Infrastructure Investment Authority furthering his commitment to a lead-free Pennsylvania.

“Historic investments in clean water infrastructure like the ones made today continue to underscore our commitment to safe and reliable infrastructure for our communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “Clean, lead-free drinking water and reliable wastewater and stormwater systems are the bedrock of vibrant civic centers and are essential to ushering in much-needed growth across the Commonwealth.”

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds supported by Act 13 drilling impact fees, 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.

“While these projects will provide a solid foundation for children to attend schools and Pennsylvanians to work and play, they also address legacy environmental issues in our aging communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am determined to achieve our goal of eradicating lead from drinking water and many of these projects work toward that end.”

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.

Visit the PennVEST website for more information on clean water funding opportunities.

[Posted: July 26, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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