$9 Million Canton Project Receives State Approval

HARRISBURG – State funding for a Bradford County wastewater treatment system upgrade and improvement project was approved today by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), according to state Senator Gene Yaw (R-23).

As part of the current round of PENNVEST loan and grant initiatives, the Canton Borough Authority will receive a $5,318,670 low-interest loan and a $4,012,330 grant for costs associated with the renovation and upgrade of the existing 325,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment plant, serving Canton Borough and parts of Canton Township.  State funding will allow the existing 30 year old plant to be converted into a Sequential Batch Reactor plant.

“This is a clear example of how state funding can be used responsibly to benefit the public health and improve the quality of our rivers and streams,” Yaw said.  “This funding will help the plant meet more stringent nutrient discharge limits under the Chesapeake Bay Initiative and further eliminate discharges into Towanda Creek.  As an added benefit, I am especially pleased to hear that over 200 jobs could potentially be created at the site of a local manufacturing company as the result of this funding approval.”

Other wastewater treatment plant modifications will include a new influent screening system, raw sewage pumps, grit removal and handling system, ultraviolet disinfection, aerobic digestion, sludge dewatering and disposal systems, as well as building modifications.

The project’s anticipated completion date is November 10th, 2015.

PENNVEST provides financial assistance to communities throughout Pennsylvania seeking to improve environmental conditions and safeguard the health of residents.

CONTACT:  Rita Zielonis, 717-787-3280