Culver, Stehr Announce Nearly $900,000 in Grants for Water Infrastructure Projects

HARRISBURG – Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) and Rep. JoAnne Stehr (R-107) today announced nearly $900,000 in state grants have been awarded for local water infrastructure projects.

“The federal, state and local governments are working together to deliver these projects for local residents,” Culver said. “Wastewater infrastructure systems ensure dirty water is removed from our communities and properly treated. These grants will ensure the wastewater systems local families and businesses depend on will continue to function and serve residents in our area.”

“I am very pleased that our community has been awarded this significant funding,” Stehr said. “This is a great opportunity that will generate positive improvements in our community. This critical investment will improve and repair important parts of local infrastructure, which will improve the lives of the people who live here.”

Two grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that is disbursed through the H20 PA Program:

  • Ralpho Township Municipal Authority will receive nearly $470,000 for a sewer line replacement project.
  • Kulpmont Borough was awarded $175,000 for stormwater system improvements in seven different areas, including South Fifth Street, South Seventh Street, South Ninth Street, South 11th Street, North Fifth Street, North Sixth Street and North 15th Street.

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

  • Kulpmont Marion Heights Joint Municipal Authority will receive $100,000 for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in Coal Township.
  • Lower Mahanoy Township Municipal Authority was awarded $150,000 to repair the wastewater treatment plant.

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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