McCarter chairs Policy Committee hearing on infrastructure issues

WYNCOTE, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Curtis Hall to discuss national and statewide infrastructure issues, including water and sewer infrastructure needs in Montgomery County.

“Pennsylvania has some of the oldest infrastructure in the nation, and until we properly address this issue it’s only going to get worse,” McCarter said. “Many in our community know of the issues Cheltenham is currently going through thanks to outdated sewer and water lines. We’re facing a decade-long project – and to help other communities before they face similar issues, we must look at solutions to the minor issues before they become major problems.”

“Thanks to Representative McCarter for bringing attention to water and sewer infrastructure issues,” said state Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “It’s important that we address water quality and maintaining systems that put public safety at the forefront. Our state has an ever-aging public infrastructure that needs to be addressed, and Representative McCarter has been leading that discussion.”

Testifiers included Dr. Robert Traver, civil and environmental engineering professor, Villanova University; Doug Farquhar, program director, Environmental Health, National Conference of State Legislatures; Cosmo Servidio, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Bryan Havir, township manager, Cheltenham Township; David Katz, deputy water commissioner, city of Philadelphia Water Department; William McFalls, chairman, Legislative Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors; Rachel Reyna, chief of rural and community forestry in Bureau of Forestry, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; John Rodgers, principal, Keystone Conservation Trust.

Hearing materials and additional information about the Policy Committee are available at