HARRISBURG – Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland) announced today that West Newton Borough was awarded a $714,000 Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) low-interest loan to address sewer backups in basements of customers in the service area.
The project is for a new sewer line that is part of West Newton Borough’s collection system. The current line collapsed in a section of a street under a railroad crossing, causing sewer backups. Approximately 245 feet of 24-inch polyvinyl chloride sewer line will be installed to replace the existing collapsed line.
“This will solve a major problem with a sewer line that serves 1,167 residential customers,” said Davanzo. “When sewer lines become blocked, the obstruction prevents wastewater from flowing through drainage pipe. Inhaling the vapors from sewer backups can lead to a variety of health issues. The loan will go a long way toward cost-effectively maintaining and upgrading our sewer infrastructure without imposing crippling rate increases.”
PENNVEST provides grants and low-interest loans to communities across the Commonwealth for sewer, stormwater and water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and the health of its people, while also providing opportunities for economic growth and jobs for Pennsylvania workers.
PENNVEST funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.
Representative Eric Davanzo
58th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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