Somerset Borough Water Infrastructure Project Receives $1.8 Million in State Funding

A Somerset Borough water project has received approval for state funding totaling more than $1.8 million, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).

Stefano said the Somerset Borough Municipal Authority will use the low-interest PENNVEST loan to replace an aging water storage tank that has reached the end of its useful life and is leaking.  As a result, the borough water system is experiencing water loss and high costs.

“This project will provide a safe and reliable water supply for the residents of Somerset Borough,” Stefano said.  “The funding will also play a crucial role keeping water costs down and protecting our environment.  In addition, it will create 10 new jobs for local residents.”

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 Act 13 of 2012, the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee.

“Water and sewer systems are extremely important to the health and economy of a community, but very expensive to build and maintain,” Stefano said. “This PENNVEST funding bringing out water system into compliance with state requirements and protecting our resources for future generations.”

CONTACT: Ben Wren (717) 787-7175


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