Capital Region Water, the Harrisburg entity overseeing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems, unveiled the upgraded facility at a public event on Tuesday.
The project was largely done to meet federal standards aimed at reducing pollutants, namely nitrogen, from flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The upgrades are expected to reduce nitrogen pollution by 90 percent, officials said.
Aging equipment also was replaced.
“As the steward of our community’s water systems, our core purpose is to protect public health and the environment,” said Capital Region Water CEO Shannon Williams. “All of us — from our families, to our local economy, even small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River — depend on clean water.”
The work was funded in part by a $21.5 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.
The facility treats about 22 million gallons a day for nearly 130,000 residents in Harrisburg, Paxtang, Penbrook, Steelton and the townships of Lower Paxton, Susquehanna and Swatara.