Senator Yudichak, Representative Kaufer Announce Over $1.6 million in PA Small Water and Sewer Grant Funding

Nanticoke, August 17, 2020 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Aaron Kaufer (R – Luzerne) announced today $1,678,156 in grant funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) PA Small Water and Sewer Program.

“Today’s investment through the PA Small Water and Sewer Program in these important local infrastructure projects are critical to both economic development and public safety in our region,” said Senator Yudichak. “Our local communities can now utilize this important state funding to upgrade their water and sewer systems to help address future maintenance, and deliver better water and sewer services to their customers.”

“I am pleased that these state grants will fully cover these much needed repairs and updates for Luzerne and West Wyoming boroughs,” said Representative Kaufer. “These vital projects help our boroughs provide their communities with stability, protect its residents from potential harm, and allow for development opportunities to expand growth in the area.”

Luzerne Borough will receive $337,093 in funding to improve storm drainage and repair paving for a two block section of Miller Street.

“Myself along with the Borough Council and the residents of the Borough of Luzerne are very pleased that the Miller Street storm water issue is going to be resolved, as it has been a problem for an extended period of time,” said Borough of Luzerne Mayor James Keller. “We are very grateful for the help of Senator John Yudichak and Representative Aaron Kaufer with aiding us in obtaining funding for this project.”

Hazleton City Authority Water Department will receive $200,000 in funding for upgrades to its water distribution system The funding will help to upgrade its water distribution system by replacing the pressure regulating valves at three of its ten water stations and upgrading its SCADA monitoring system to assist in tracking water flow and pressure in real time.

“This grant award is big for us and we really appreciate everyone who has helped us to get this funding. We’re looking forward to upgrading our system with pressure regulator valve smart technology that will enable us to control the PRV directly from the plant,” said Randy Cahalan, Director of Operations at the Hazleton City Authority Water Department. “The upgrade will also allow us to maintain higher tank levels and better pressure, which results in better water services for all of our customers.”

West Wyoming Borough will receive $171,722 in funding to replace two pump stations.

“This funding couldn’t have come at a better time with all the economic problems our area is facing due to the pandemic. We appreciate everything our legislators have done for us to help us acquire this funding,” said West Wyoming Borough Mayor Joseph Herbert. “This will be a lifesaver for our borough and will enable us to complete a very important infrastructure project that will have a great impact on our water system.”

The following projects in the 14th Senatorial District in Luzerne County also received funding:

  • Municipal Authority of Hazle Township will receive $391,000 in funding for a sanitary sewer project.
  • Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority will receive $300,000 in funding to replace the sanitary sewer system for Glen Summit development located in Fairview Township.
  • Hanover Township will receive $100,000 in funding for Phase 3 of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation.
  • Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority will receive $100,000 in funding for a streambank restoration and channel realignment project in Plains Township.
  • White Haven Borough will receive $78,341 in funding for storm sewer improvements.

PA Small Water and Sewer Program funding helps to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.

Eligible projects are those which have a total project cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000.

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)

Carly Simpson (csimpson@pasen.gov)