Bethlehem (January 24, 2024) – State Senator Lisa Boscola announced today that PENNVEST has approved a total of $7,647,000 in state investment for projects by the Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority (BTMA) to improve stormwater retention to aid in flood prevention and the Easton Suburban Water Authority (ESWA) to replace an estimated 200 water lines.
“This PENNVEST funding will enable the Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority to continue its to work to prevent significant and dangerous flooding in Bethlehem Township with this project focusing on cross streets between Walnut and Turner Streets,” Boscola stated. “It will also allow the Easton Suburban Water Authority to review its pipe system and replace approximately 200 water lines to maintain the system and increase its reliability. It is another example of the Commonwealth partnering with local authorities to assist with critically important public safety projects.”
The Bethlehem Township Municipal Authority was approved for a low interest loan in the amount of $4,354,000. Specifically, the financing will allow BTMA to construct a new storm sewer system to help manage stormwater runoff, including installation of 3,619 feet of new storm sewer with 55 inlets, and replacement of existing culverts on cross streets between Walnut and Turner Streets. Vertical curbing will also be installed as part of the project to help capture runoff.
The Easton Suburban Water Authority was approved for a total of $3,293,000 in financing (a grant of $1,102,099 and a low interest loan of $2,190,901). This state investment will allow the ESWA to review approximately 300 public and private lead and/or galvanized service lines to determine which lines need to be replaced. Based on prior experience, ESWA estimates that 195 lines will need replaced. The project will include all necessary appurtenances related to the service line replacements including valves, water mains, and test pits.
Established in 1988, PENNVEST provides funding for sewer, storm water and drinking water projects.