– The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) announced more than $4.8 million in grant funding has been awarded to two construction drinking water projects in the 17th Legislative District, according to Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer).
“Clean drinking water is a necessity for everyone,” said Wentling. “This funding will help municipalities continue to provide dependable water service at an affordable rate.”
The following municipalities received funding:
The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Greenville: $4,059,160.
Linesville Borough: $775,994.
“I would like to thank the officials from The Greenville Municipal Water Authority and The Linesville Municipal Authority for submitting proposals on this important issue,” said Wentling. “I am pleased that PENNVEST approved these projects within the district I am honored to serve.”
Greenville Municipal Water Authority Manager Carol Paul says the funding is targeted to remove lead components from drinking water systems.
“First, I’d like to thank our legislators for their support and investment in protecting public health,” Paul said. The money will be used to replace aged infrastructure, including lead service lines. This money will help continue in our mission of providing high-quality water at an affordable price to our customers.”
Linesville Municipal Public Works Director Kevin McGrath says this funding will be used to replace an old undersized watermain and service connections that contain lead components on West Erie Street. “On behalf of Linesville Borough and Linesville Municipal Authority, I would like to thank Parke Wentling and Michelle Brooks for their assistance in receiving this funding,” McGrath said. “We, like many other small water systems throughout Pennsylvania, try to keep water affordable while at the same time upgrading our water system. Funding such as this makes it possible to deliver safe and affordable water to our residents.”
Founded in 1988, PENNVEST provides low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, as well as storm water and wastewater projects.