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Wolf announces investment in water infrastructure projects

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Jan. 12 the investment of $236 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects across 17 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority.

“Over the past eight years, my administration has made a significant contribution to clean waters across the commonwealth,” Wolf said. “I’m proud of everything that we have accomplished together, and I know that as the commonwealth continues to make increased investments through state and federal funding, including the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we will see communities continue to rebuild and grow stronger and more vibrant than ever.”

Northampton Borough Municipal Authority received a $5,707,000 loan to rehabilitate a 2-million-gallon water storage tank while constructing an additional 3-million-gallon water storage tank. The project will improve the long-term viability of the distribution network and allow the authority to continue to meet current and future system demands.

The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, federal grants to PENNVEST from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards.

Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.

“While I’m incredibly proud of the infrastructure improvements that we’ve been able to participate in, I know that this is just the foundation for future administrations,” Wolf said in the news release. “I am confident that this hard work is just the beginning and, while PENNVEST celebrated $10 billion in clean water investments last year, that number will continue to grow and the commitment to the health and welfare of our communities and our environment will remain.”