HARRISBURG – Rep. Jonathan Fritz (R-Susquehanna/Wayne) announced that Oakland Borough Water Authority was awarded $28,935 in state funding to upgrade their water treatment plant. The grants were provided through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, which is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
“Our water treatment plants are heavily relied upon to ensure residents have access to and receive safe, quality drinking water,” said Fritz. “These funds allow the borough to upgrade and extend the life of the water treatment plant equipment and continue to provide quality drinking water to the surrounding area.”
This grant will allow the authority to upgrade basic equipment to ensure there is no interruption to service and the highest quality of water it provides to its 250 residents. There are currently two wells that are alternated for water. The pumps on each of the wells are nearing the end of their life span and will be replaced. Additionally, one of the variable flow drives in the pump house will be replaced, which is how the flow is controlled. The third component of the project will be a wet inspection of the water tank, which is recommended every three to five years. All these upgrades are critical to the operation of the water supply system.
The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program was established by the General Assembly to award grants to municipalities and municipal authorities for water, sewer, storm water and flood control projects with a cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000.
The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.
Representative Jonathan Fritz
111th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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