Culver, Leadbeter Announce more than $3 Million in Grants for Water Infrastructure Projects

HARRISBURG – Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) and Rep. Robert Leadbeter (R-109) today announced more than $3 million in state grants have been awarded for local water infrastructure projects.

“These grants ensure local municipalities can complete large-scale projects without further burdening local taxpayers,” Culver said. “The federal, state and local governments are working together to deliver these projects for residents in our local communities.”

Mifflin Township will receive more than $1,125,000 to install stormwater drainage improvements along three roadways. The grant is being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that is disbursed through the H20 PA Program.

“In rural communities like Columbia County, our shared conservative values create a common thread,” Rep. Leadbeter said. “These grant funds signify a deliberate investment, safeguarding our agricultural expanses and magnifying the future course of Columbia County as we look to support our seniors, veterans, law enforcement and hard-working families who call this place home. It blends heritage with initiatives, forging a resilient and strong path forward for our future.”

Seven grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 ARPA funds administered through the PA Small Water and Sewer (SWS) Program:

  • Orangeville Borough was awarded $500,000 to upgrade its water treatment plant in Oakland Borough.
  • Columbia County will receive $400,000 to make improvements to six sanitary sewer pump stations in Conyngham Township.
  • Mifflin Township was awarded $200,000 to make stormwater drainage improvements along Market Street.
  • Mifflin Township also was awarded $200,000 to make stormwater drainage improvements along West Street and West Kline Road.
  • Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority will receive $425,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant.
  • The Town of Bloomsburg was awarded more than $180,000 for a culvert pipe extension project.
  • Municipal Authority of the Borough of Catawissa will receive nearly $40,000 to purchase a generator.

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA was created in 2004 as an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to administer the commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.

Established by the General Assembly in 2008, the H2O PA Program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

The SWS Program provides grants for small water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure projects. Municipalities and municipal authorities that own and maintain a public water supply, sanitary sewer or storm water systems are eligible to apply as long as their projects exceed a total cost of $30,000.


Media Contact: Sean Moll

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