The Indiana County Municipal Services Authority (ICMSA) was today (July 19) awarded state funding totaling nearly $10 million to upgrade its water system, according to Senator Don White and Representatives Dave Reed, Jeff Pyle and Cris Dush.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved a $4,760,402 grant and a $5,198,598 low-interest loan for ICMSA at its board meeting held in Harrisburg, according to Senator White, a member of the PENNVEST Board.
PENNVEST is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012.
ICMSA will use the PENNVEST funding for upgrades in five different water supply systems — Crooked Creek, Lucerne, Coy, Rossiter, and Cherry Tree — to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and operating permit requirements.
The work includes replacing pump stations that have outlived their life expectancy, painting tanks that are over 35 years old, constructing two small tanks and upgrading line sizes to move water with greater flows.
“This PENNVEST financing will help the ICMSA address serious water flow issues in several parts of its service area,” Senator White said. “I was pleased to support the ICMSA’s request when it came before the PENNVEST Board. This funding will ease the burden on ratepayers while allowing the Authority to move forward with a much needed project that will benefit the local community.”
“This is important financing for a major project for Indiana County. Providing safe and reliable water service to local residents must be one of the top infrastructure goals for our area,” Representative Reed said. “This funding will support the ICMSA’s efforts to upgrade its water system to meet state requirements and the needs of its customers.”
“The PENNVEST money eases the financial burden of this project,” said Representative Pyle. “The region will certainly benefit from this work. This project will provide a safe and reliable water supply for area residents and businesses and increase the value of property and development opportunities in the area”
“This funding is essential to ensure residents will have reliable water service,” Representative Dush said. “The existing water system is outdated and overloaded. This is an investment in the infrastructure of our area and the people who depend on it.”
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