Senator Yudichak and Representative Schnee Announce $3.5 million in PENNVEST Low Interest Financing for Hazleton City Authority

Nanticoke, July 20, 2022 – State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Robert Schnee announced today that the Hazleton City Authority (HCA) will be receiving $3,500,000 in PENNVEST low interest financing to upgrade four raw water variable frequency drive pumps and the associated transmission system.

PENNVEST was founded on March 1, 1988 and serves the communities and citizens of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects.

“The state’s investment announced today through the PENNVEST low interest financing program for the Hazleton City Authority will aid the Authority in continuing its wide-ranging infrastructure overhaul that will enhance its ability to continue to provide safe, reliable drinking water to the Greater Hazelton community,” said State Senator Yudichak. “As the Greater Hazleton area continues to grow because of historic economic development in the region, this funding will allow the Authority to meet future community and business needs.”

The project also includes the following: updated automated system control equipment will be installed and a deteriorating lime chemical feeding system will be replaced as well as several electrical components will also be upgraded to ensure plant safety.

“The PENNVEST funding program continues to be a great asset to the Hazleton City Authority. The Authority is currently in the process of upgrading the entirety of our infrastructure. We have numerous projects on the docket that will continue to help us bring a reliable product to our residents at an affordable rate,” said Scot Burkhardt, HCA Director of Operations. “I would like to thank Senator Yudichak and State Representative Schnee for their help and continued support and also the people at PENNVEST for always working so well with us on these important projects. This funding enables us to also meet new community demands and will improve the overall operations at our facilities.”

“As a former employee of the Hazleton Water Authority, I am more than pleased to see $3.5 million in new funding approved by PENNVEST, said State Representative Schnee. “The Hazleton Water Authority provides 15,000 customers in Hazleton with access to quality water at affordable rates and this necessary project will continue to provide that service our residents expect.”

Since its inception, PENNVEST has continued its service to the communities and citizens of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth.  These projects not only contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and the health of its people, they also provide opportunities for economic growth and jobs for Pennsylvania’s workers.

Contact:

Brad Hurley (bhurley@pasen.gov)