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Pennsylvania Gets $17.1 Million for Safe Drinking Water
Release Date: 7/6/1999
Contact Information: Donna M. Heron 215-814-5113
PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Pennsylvania $17.1 million to protect and improve drinking water supplies. The state will contribute $4.6 million in matching funds.
The money will fund a loan program for local drinking water systems to come into compliance with the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The loan program will be administered by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Projects will be chosen for funding based on environmental and technical merit.
AThis newly funded program will ensure that all Pennsylvanians continue to have safe, healthy drinking water,@ said W. Michael McCabe, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator.
Specifically, improvements to the local drinking water systems could include:
- * upgrading treatment plants to meet health standards;
* extending service to customers relying on inadequate individual systems;
* eliminating leaks and inadequate pressure by replacing distribution systems;
* consolidating systems that consistently fail to meet basic health standards.
This annual federal grant supports Pennsylvania’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, established as a result of the 1996 amendments to the SDWA. The fund helps ensure that Pennsylvania’s drinking water supplies remain safe and affordable and that systems are properly operated and maintained.
Pennsylvania’s revolving fund is replenished as communities repay old loans which ensures a continuing supply of money for new loans. Reporters inquiring about loans to specific communities should call Brion Johnson at the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority at (717) 783-6798.