The Clymer Borough Municipal Authority was today (January 30) awarded state funding totaling more than $2 million, according to Senator Don White and Representative James Struzzi.
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) approved a $1,109,732 grant and a $1,067,768 low-interest loan for Clymer to improve its water system, according to Senator White, a member of the PENNVEST Board.
The project involves steps to remove hydrogen sulfide from the water and the replacement of a storage tank, above ground clear-well and 7,750 feet of leaking water lines.
“This is a great investment by PENNVEST in this community. This project will complement Clymer’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its downtown area and make other important infrastructure improvements. Specifically, this project will eliminate the unpleasant taste and odor caused by the presence of hydrogen sulfide in the water,” Senator White said. “The project will also replace the old asbestos concrete water lines that are leaking in several areas.”
“Access to clean, safe water is a fundamental element of improved quality of life. It is also a crucial function of government to provide the proper core infrastructure systems to encourage new economic development,” said Representative Struzzi. “I am pleased that Clymer Borough has been awarded these grant dollars and will be able to take full advantage of the PENNVEST low-interest loan component to make much-needed upgrades to their facilities, from replacing leaking water lines, installing new filtration systems and a holding tank, to replacing fire hydrants. This is a fine example of state and municipal governments working together to effectively meet the essential needs of our communities, and doing so in a way that is fiscally responsible. I encourage more of our local municipalities to take advantage of these opportunities. My staff and I are here to help.”
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.
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