HARRISBURG - Rep. Eric Davanzo (R-Westmoreland) announced today that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has approved a $20 million low-interest loan for a new treatment facility near the Youghiogheny River.
The North Huntingdon Township Municipal Authority’s current Youghiogheny Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1970 and replacement parts are difficult to find. The upgraded facility will be able to treat more sewage to accommodate future growth in the area and include screening and grit equipment, a sequencing batch reactor unit with biological nutrient removal capabilities, an ultraviolet disinfection and effluent water storage facility, and a sludge dewatering building.
The estimated project cost is $38,733,000. The remainder of the expense will be secured by local officials. User fees are not expected to increase to pay for the project.
“This is going to be an important upgrade for the area, and I am glad to see the project moving forward,” said Davanzo. “The Commonwealth’s investment in local projects like these takes a big weight off the shoulders of local taxpayers and ratepayers.”
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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