(HARRISBURG) – The Somerset County General Authority has been awarded a $333,200 state grant to rehabilitate two clarifiers at the Quemahoning Water Plant in Jenner Township, according to Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) and State Representative Carl Walker Metzgar (R-69).
The Legislators said the grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) under its PA Small Water and Sewer Grant Program.
The grant will be used to remove and replace the media in two clarifiers, which have become fouled over time. Rehabilitation of the clarifiers will allow the plant to operate more efficiently by increasing the run times, which in turn will enable the plant to treat a larger volume of water.
“I’m pleased that residents of Somerset County will benefit from better water quality and distribution as a result of this project. The Quemahoning Pipeline is a vital economic development tool for the people of Somerset County and I’m proud to assist the good work of the Somerset County Board of Commissioners in supporting this grant for this water system,” Stefano said. “This funding is an important resource for small communities seeking to complete water and sewer projects which are vital to economic development of our region.”
Representative Carl Walker Metzgar added, “Local infrastructure projects like this are important to areas like Somerset County. A reliably good water source is important not only for the residents who rely on it but for businesses looking for a place to locate as well.