HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Stefano (R-32) and Rep. Jesse Topper (R-78) today announced the approval of state funding for a major wastewater improvement project in Bedford County.
Hopewell Borough will receive a combined $1.6 million in a grant and a low-interest loan to improve the borough’s wastewater treatment process by replacing the existing plant with an extended aeration prepackaged plant. The new plant will be constructed adjacent to the existing control building, which will be decommissioned upon successful start-up and commissioning of the new plant.
“With the current facility’s failing aeration tanks and more frequent discharge permit violations in recent months, I am thankful to have played a part in helping to secure the funding that will greatly defray the costs to build a new facility,” Stefano said. “Without this funding, rates would have doubled for customers in a community where rates are already high enough.”
“This funding and loan will help bring a long-awaited project to replace an aging wastewater treatment plant to fruition,” Topper said. “Once complete, residents of Hopewell will benefit from new infrastructure that will serve customers for decades to come.”
The funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, an independent state agency providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and stormwater projects in communities throughout the commonwealth.
CONTACT: Amanda Cuteri, (Sen. Stefano’s office), 717-787-7175
Greg Gross (Rep. Topper’s office), 717-260-6374