Burns: $1.14M secured for water, sewer projects in Cambria County

Projects include supplying water to business park; securing residential water supplies

EBENSBURG, Aug. 17– State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced another win for the people of Cambria County, as his office has helped secure more than $1.14 million in state funding for six critical water and sewer projects, including a water services expansion to a planned business park in Jackson Township that could create hundreds of jobs.

“Today, my office helped secure another $1.14 million for the people of Cambria County, funding that will help pay for critical infrastructure upgrades and pave the way for business investment and job creation in our communities,” Burns said. “Since taking office, I’ve helped our communities receive more than $9.1 million in assistance for water and sewer projects alone – a major investment that has saved us time and money and moved these projects forward. Every state dollar invested is a local dollar saved, and I’ll never stop fighting for the people I represent.”

The six projects that will receive funding are:

  • Jackson Township Water Authority: $325,000 to extend water service to the Jackson Township Business Park.
  • Croyle Township Water Authority: $291,500 for a waterline extension project to provide clean drinking water to residents with low-quality well water.
  • Gallitzin Borough Sewer and Disposal Authority: $195,000 to help replace water lines.
  • East Taylor Municipal Authority: $174,750 for equipment to improve water quality for 1,000 customers.
  • Central Mainline Sewer Authority: $81,532 for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.
  • Portage Borough Municipal Authority: $76,438 to help fund repairs to the borough’s water source.

These projects were all funded through grants disbursed via the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth,

“These state grants go a long way in helping our local communities. Grant funding for projects and programs helps to prevent or lessen local tax hikes that would otherwise be needed to cover the costs,” Burns said. “These grants not only save us money by helping fund these projects, but also contribute to our economy by paying local workers’ wages and purchasing materials from local businesses.”