CARES funds to repair neglected water treatment plant
DILLINER, May 31 – Nearly $2 million has been awarded to make fundamental upgrades to the East Dunkard Water Authority, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and state Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Washington/Greene, announced today.
More than $1.9 million has been allocated to replace a main water line, pumps, gate valves, blow off valves and/or hydrants, and for the inspection and rehabilitation of the facility’s eight water storage tanks.
“I’m relieved that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for customers of the East Dunkard Water Authority,” Snyder said. “After countless meetings with engineers, board members, and state and local officials over the years to address this egregious issue, I’m overjoyed that these folks will finally have reliable access to clean drinking water.”
Snyder highlighted that the approximately 1,650 Greene County residents who rely on the EDWA to treat their drinking water have undergone two separate boil water advisories during this year.
“We take it for granted when we turn on a faucet there will be clean, safe water coming out and that the wastewater will be taken away to be processed, but the fact is there are a lot of people who work really hard to make it all happen,” Bartolotta said. “Working together with my colleague, Representative Snyder, to help deliver these funds is part of our collective goal to make infrastructure in our communities safe and reliable.”
The awarded funds are part of more than $8.4 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act funding announced today to help communities update and improve existing water and/or sewer systems in Centre, Fayette, Greene, Mifflin and Tioga counties.
CDBG-CV funds are made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and enable communities to effectively prepare for, prevent the spread of, and respond to the impacts of coronavirus in their communities.