DeLuca announces $255,040 awarded to Blawnox for water, sewer system infrastructure improvements

HARRISBURG, Aug. 18 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that Blawnox Borough will receive $255,040 in PA Small Water and Sewer grants for improvements and repairs to its water and sewer systems.

Blawnox will use its $100,000 grant for phase seven of its sanitary sewer upgrades to reduce inflow and infiltration. The borough will clean and televise the system, make trenchless repairs to the system, install a liner for 1,234 linear feet of sewer lines and make spot repairs at 13 locations throughout the borough. The project also includes rehabbing 24 manholes.

“Reducing inflow and infiltration is key to making sure the sewer system isn’t unnecessarily overworked by taking on water that’s not designed to be there, such as stormwater or groundwater that gets in through connections or leaks,” DeLuca said. “This grant will help the borough address these issues.”

Blawnox’s other grant, $155,040, is for replacing the existing altitude valve, check valve and two isolation valves in its water conveyance system. The vault pipes will be cleaned and repaired, and a mixing system will be installed in the tank, which required modifications to the inlet pipes.

“These grants help our communities make needed repairs and upgrades to protect the health and safety of residents,” DeLuca said.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.