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Water projects getting help from the state

Dauphin and Lancaster efforts among those assisted by PENNVEST's $68m investment

Twenty water-related projects across 14 Pennsylvania counties are getting help from a state authority.

A total of $68.1 million is being invested in the projects through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, also known as Pennvest). The projects include five in Dauphin and Lancaster counties.

Of the total, $46.8 million is coming in the form of low-interest loans and $21.3 million is awarded through grants, state officials said in a news release.

Here is a list of the regional projects:

In Dauphin County:

– The Steelton Borough Authority received a $3.1 million loan to install a new 260,000-gallon clear well, and pumps used to deliver filtered water to the clear-well for storage.

– The Berrysburg Municipal Authority received a $521,866 loan and a $178,134 grant to replace its wastewater treatment system with an upgraded system and to convert its existing clarifier into a sludge holding tank.

– The Capital Region Water Authority received a $5.5 million loan to install two 80-million-gallon-a-day filtration screens and make other improvements to its wastewater treatment facility.

In Lancaster County:

– Farmer Aaron Glick of Bart Township received a $162,520 loan to make improvements, such as channels to divert runoff, designed to reduce sediment loadings in Octoraro Creek and the Chesapeake Bay, state officials explained.

– Farmer Christ F. King of Colerain Township received a $372,945 loan to install a manure storage tank, a composting facility, roof runoff controls and other improvements to reduce animal waste runoff into the Octoraro and the Chesapeake.

Pennvest aims to improve water quality in Pennsylvania by providing low-interest loans and grants for drinking water and wastewater capital improvement projects.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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