Armstrong County Water Projects Receive $582,450 in State Funding

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today (August 17) approved a total of $582,450 in Small Water & Sewer Program grants for five water system improvement projects in Armstrong County, according to Senator Joe Pittman and Representatives Donna Oberlander and Jeff Pyle.

Small Water and Sewer Program funding can be used for the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water or sewer system.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

“These grants continue the ongoing investment by the state in Armstrong County. Over recent years, the CFA and PENNVEST, which I serve on, have approved millions of dollars in grants and low-interest loans for vital infrastructure improvement projects across the county,” Senator Pittman said. “We have seen the positive results of those efforts and I am optimistic that the water projects receiving these grants will reap similar benefits for our communities.”

“We appreciate all of the time and effort that have gone into the planning for these critical infrastructure projects and believe they will all go a long way toward improving the quality of life for residents and investing in vital economic development needs,” Representative Oberlander said.

“Having an adequate and safe water supply is essential,” Representative Pyle said. “I’m pleased to have been able to assist with securing funding for these important projects, which will benefit these communities for years to come.”

The Cowanshannock Township Municipal Authority was awarded $100,000 to install 3,500 feet of water line and three fire hydrants along State Route 85. This project is intended to address water contamination issues and provide for fire protection. The total project cost is estimated at $411,285.

Ford City Borough will receive $100,000 to replace 1,550 feet of water line on 5th Avenue. The current water lines are severely deteriorated, experiencing numerous breaks and leaks, and there has been an increase in reports of brown water. The estimated total project cost is $470,886.

The Kittanning-Plumcreek Water Authority received $200,000 to install water lines and perform other infrastructure improvements along Campbell Run Road and Schall Road in Kittanning Township. The project will install approximately 2,050 feet of water lines. Repaving and surfacing of the roads will be done as well. The total project cost is estimated at $476,463.

The South Buffalo Township Municipal Authority was awarded $100,000 to extend a water line along Srader Grove Road. The project consists of installing 5,600 feet of lines to connect to the existing system at Ford City Road. The project will provide 20 residences with a safe and reliable source of drinking water and fire protection. The estimated total project cost is $476,819.

Worthington-West Franklin Joint Municipal Authority was awarded $82,450 for the renovation of water production wells in West Franklin Township. The project will improve yield, which has decreased due to incrustation or clogging. The money will be used for testing, removal, reinstallation and/or repair of pumping equipment, and surging and redevelopment of the wells. The total project cost is estimated at $97,000.

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