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PHILADELPHIA - Public health in Pennsylvania will be enhanced through
a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The $53.3 million grant to the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund will provide loans to communities for cleaning and treating wastewater (sewage). State funds, provided as a match to the federal funds, add nearly $10.7 million, bringing the total contribution this year to almost $64 million.
The grant was awarded to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (Pennvest). With this recent grant award, federal funds for Pennsylvania’s Clean Water Revolving Fund now total $618.9 million.
The fund provides assistance to communities with the greatest public health concerns, and the least ability to comply with the Clean Water Act and afford wastewater treatment facility upgrades or new construction. As communities repay the fund, loans are available for other wastewater projects.
Earlier this year, EPA also awarded a grant to Pennsylvania’s Drinking Water Revolving Fund which improves drinking systems throughout the state. This fund is also managed by Pennvest.
To find out how these loan programs can help your community, contact Brion Johnson at Pennvest at 717-783-6798.