Robinson Announces $645,000 to Help Address Edgeworth Borough Water Quality Concerns

(HARRISBURG) – Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37) announced today that $645,000 was awarded to the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Edgeworth in order to help address water quality concerns.

“This is a much-needed investment to replace Edgeworth’s aging system with new, lead – free water service lines to both Authority–owned and residential properties,” Senator Robinson said. “This investment will ensure that Edgeworth Borough residents can feel confident about the quality, safety and cleanliness of their water while helping to maintain water affordability. I commend the Authority for pursuing this vital improvement to the community.”

Robinson said the funds will be used for the replacement of 75 existing, lead-containing water service lines throughout the Edgeworth Borough. The project will reduce water loss, prevent potential lead exposure to the system’s users, and has a Source Water Protection Plan approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Established in 1988, the PENNVEST program provides low-interest loans and grants to communities for new construction or improvements to water and wastewater treatment plants.  Many of these small community water and sewer systems are in need of major rehabilitation or are too overburdened to accommodate new growth.

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.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Weitzel eweitzel@pasen.gov  (717)-787-5839