Bethlehem (September 18, 2018) – State Senator Lisa Boscola today announced a total of $1,411,179 in state grants for local water/sewer infrastructure improvement projects as well as recreation and park projects.

“I’m pleased to announce the approval of these state funds allocated to help expedite improvements to our region’s aging sewer and wastewater systems and to improve recreational opportunities across the Lehigh Valley,” Boscola said. “I will continue to seek state funding and resources for local efforts aimed at making our water and sewer systems safer, more reliable, as well as providing for additional park and trail improvements.”

 The Small Water and Sewer grants include:

  • $100,000 to the Coplay-Whitehall Sewer Authority for the Prospect Street Sanitary Sewer Project
  • $100,000 to Salisbury Township for the Salisbury Township Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation
  • $155,000 to the Whitehall Township Authority for the Water Main Replacement Project
  • $158,791 to the Borough of Emmaus for its Phase I and II Master Meter/Manhole repair and replacement Project
  • $100,000 to the Lower Saucon Authority for its Lower Saucon Authority Water Pressurization and Monitoring Project
  • $100,000 to the Hellertown Borough Authority for its Apple Street Tank Improvements
  • $50,679 to Lower Saucon Township for its Lower Saucon Township Water Line Replacement Project
  • $71,709 to Glendon Borough for its Glendon Pump Station Rehabilitation Project
  • $125,000 to the City of Bethlehem for its Founders Way and Biafore Avenue Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project
  • $100,000 to the Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority for its Green Pond Rd./Church Rd. Regional Pump Station (PS 11)
  • $100,000 to the Borough of Northampton for its Sewer Manhole Improvement project

The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grants approved include:

  • $40,000 to Whitehall Township for its Jordan Greenway Beautification Project
  • $125,000 to the National Museum of Industrial History for its Outdoor Demonstration and Artifact Park Phase 2
  • $20,000 to Lower Saucon Township for its Polk Valley Dog Park Development
  • $65,000 to the Borough of Emmaus for its Park & Recreation Comprehensive Plan

The grants were approved today by the state Commonwealth Financing Authority Board in Harrisburg. The PA Small Water and Sewer program provides grants to municipalities and municipal authorities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer systems.  Funding from the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program uses revenue generated through Act 13 of 2012 that imposes an impact fee on the state’s unconventional natural gas wells.

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