PENNVEST Grant Will Support Aliquippa Water System Upgrades

HARRISBURG — A grant of more than $2 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) will help the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa (MWAA) make critical upgrades to its system, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

The project will include the replacement of 184 existing lead water service lines that are aging and beginning to deteriorate. The upgrades will ensure drinking water quality is improved and less susceptible to contamination.

Additionally, the MWAA continues to work hard and is committed to improving the overall system by constructing a new Water Treatment Plant. In February, they broke ground and entered into Phase I, with the construction of a new Water Filtration Plant on the same property as the exiting filtration plant.

A sampling of Aliquippa’s system in 2020 returned an action level result for lead.

“The aging water lines in the system present a growing list of lead contamination, which carries significant public health risks,” Bartolotta said. “I am thankful this funding will help keep Aliquippa’s water system strong and healthy for years to come.”

PENNVEST was created in 1988 to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth. Funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, the Growing Greener program, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards.

 

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