Governor Wolf Announces $178 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 Counties
Harrisburg, PA (STL.News) Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $178 million for 14 drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects across 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).
“This continued focus on improving and investing in our infrastructure is vital for strong communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “Partnering with community leaders to make these investments, which ensure increased access to clean drinking water and provide stable environments for Pennsylvanians to work and live, is paramount to our regrowth as a commonwealth.”
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.
“These investments are not just in today’s improvements, but in our homes and businesses for generations to come,” said Gov. Wolf. “Strong communities and healthy Pennsylvanians depend on clean water and thrive where there is secure infrastructure.”
A list of project summaries follows:
Drinking Water Projects
- Altoona Water Authority – received a $21,000,000 loan to upgrade and rehabilitate the Bellwood Dam, a 119-year-old dam whose spillway was recently reported as severely deficient by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).