HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced over $1 million in approved PENNVEST funding for Laporte Borough, Sullivan County, for water system improvements.
The state funding, consisting of a $687,602 million low-interest loan and a $326,128 grant, will enable the borough to replace 3,700 feet of water lines and construct a new 150,000 gallon glass lined finished water storage tank to eliminate current system deficiencies. The project will eliminate health hazards associated with potential water contamination. The water line replacement along Muncy, Cherry and Main Streets in the Borough will ensure continuous water, improve fire flows and increase system pressures.
“As we look at the aging infrastructure of many of our local communities, it has never been more important to support their efforts to improve water quality through improved systems,” Yaw said. “It also should be worth noting that the Commonwealth’s investment will also provide for 20 construction jobs to initiate the project.”
“Laporte Borough appreciates the support of PENNVEST and Senator Yaw for supporting this vital infrastructure project,” said Jim Rogers, chair of the Finance Committee and Tony Marcson, chair of the Water Committee, which operates the Laporte water system. “The PENNVEST funding will allow the Borough to address critical water system needs, and help Laporte keep the public water system sustainable.”
The loan was approved today by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). PENNVEST was established by Act 16 of 1988 and is an independent agency of the Commonwealth providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and storm water projects in communities throughout Pennsylvania.
Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff