HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 – Four local water and sewer projects will share more than half a billion dollars in state grant funds, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

“Our residents rely on public water and sewer systems to provide for some of the most basic needs of their families,” Costa said. “Communities across Pittsburgh are blessed with water and sewer authorities focused on ensuring we have safe water to drink and operational sewer systems to prevent devastating health and environmental issues.

“Investing in our water and sewer infrastructure system isn’t a partisan issue- it’s a quality of life issue. These grants funds will support projects that enhance the quality of life for everyone and that’s something of which we can all be proud.”

In Munhall, the Sanitary Sewer Municipal Authority will receive $140,000 to repair defects within the system, causing hydraulic overloading to the downstream system during wet weather events.

Wilkins Township will receive $200,000 in Small Water and Sewer funds that will be used for project upgrades along Mortimer Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Verona Borough plans to use its $80,000 grant to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes located throughout the borough. The project includes the relining and repair of 15 manholes and using cured-in-place pipe lining of existing sewer lines.

Finally, the Mount Oliver Borough will use a $110,000 grant to replace a local sewer line currently operating under limited capacity due to the slope of the line along Anthony Street.

Funding for the projects through the Small Water and Sewer Fund was authorized by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at today’s meeting. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. More than $22 million was awarded to municipalities and authorities with projects ranging in cost from $30,000 to $500,000.