Aug. 17, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) announced that Bangor and Roseto Borough Authorities were awarded $240,500 in state funding for sewer system upgrades and repairs. The grants were provided through the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program, which is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

“It is important to ensure that our boroughs have effective and fully-functioning equipment which provide essential services to borough residents,” said Emrick. “It is great to see that Bangor and Roseto boroughs are able to take advantage of these funds and make necessary updates to make certain the daily routines of residents are not interrupted.”

The Bangor Borough Authority received $120,000 to upgrade its software equipment at a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The borough developed a corrective action plan to upgrade WWTP due to high flows from L&L, causing hydraulic overload. Additionally, the control systems have been failing due to aging. These failures make it difficult to monitor areas within the collection/conveyance system that need repairs and have resulted in minor discharge of sewage.

The corrective action plan will be implemented over a five-year period where this grant request will be for Phase 1. Phase 1 consists of replacing the PLC for sequencing batch reactors and to install SCADA PC improvements to monitor and collect operational data to identify trends in flows. By completing Phase l, Bangor Borough, Roseto Borough and portions of Washington Township will be able to efficiently manger their systems.

The Roseto Borough Sewer Authority received $120,500 to rehabilitate the sanitary sewer system to reduce inflow and infiltration. The authority will clean and televise 1,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer main and 3,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer laterals. They will also install 1,650 linear feet of sanitary sewer main lining with protruding tap cutting, lateral reinstatement and seal lateral connections. This project will assist the authority in continuing its efforts to address inflow and infiltration issues.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program was established by the General Assembly to award grants to municipalities and municipal authorities for water, sewer, storm water and flood control projects with a cost of not less than $30,000 and not more than $500,000.

Today’s funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency that holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Questions about this or any legislative issue should be directed to Emrick’s district office at (610) 588-8011 or (610) 746-5090.

Representative Joe Emrick
137th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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