Hill-Evans announces awards for water infrastructure, quality projects

YORK, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that the York City Sewer Authority received a $6,807,942 low-interest state loan to make upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant.

This includes replacement of effluent filters, weir gates, and new heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical wiring.

“By replacing equipment before it becomes faulty, we mitigate future disasters with our water supply,” Hill-Evans said. “These funds are directly in line with feedback we had given the DEP during development of PA’s Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan during the last year. When it comes to improving our local water supply and drinking water, we need to make sure we have the staff and resources to actually check and maintain these complex systems. I’m glad to see that the DEP is taking the steps necessary to meet our needs.”

This project will reduce the risk of untreated sewage discharging into local waterways and will improve the wastewater being discharged into the Codorus Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. This project is funded with Clean Water State Revolving Funds.

In addition to this loan, York County is receiving $137,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This funding comes in the form of a grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for completing the Countywide Action Plan and applying for planned projects.

The Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan is the state plan to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment-runoff pollution in local waters in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and in the bay. These results-oriented grants come with a brisk timeframe, requiring projects to be completed by September 30.

York also is among the first counties to be provided a full-time local coordinator. The coordinator will lead community development of each county’s action plan, and once completed, coordinate project implementation and report the pollutant reduction impacts.

For more information, those interested can contact Hill-Evans office at (717) 848-9595.