Sen. Costa, Reps Lee, Gainey announce $1M for local water, sewer projects

Grants to assist local communities

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 17 --- Today, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr and state Representatives Ed Gainey and Summer Lee announced the award of $1.3 million in state grants for local water and sewer projects.

  • The Borough of Wilkinsburg will receive $256,965 for its Cross Connections removal project.
  • Braddock Hills Borough will receive $200,000 for ALCOSAN Regionalization Sanitary Sewer Repairs.
  • Churchill Borough will receive $400,000 for rerouting at the Collins Road Pump Station.
  • Forest Hills Borough will receive $150,000 for the park and ride detention facility.
  • Rankin Borough will receive $250,000 for combined sewer rehabilitation.
  • Wilkins Township will receive $123,762 for its Saw Mill Run Suspended Sewer mitigation project.

The funds come from the PA Small Water and Sewer Program. The borough will use the dollars to make improvements to its storm sewer system.

"Local governments are responsible for so many services that are critical to our every day lives – they maintain local roads, sidewalks, water systems, sewer lines, trash, recycling,” said Senator Costa. “I believe it is an important part of my role as a state senator to go to Harrisburg and fight for municipal governments in our district to get the funds they need to continue those essential services. I look forward to watching these projects succeed in our community.”

“Clean drinking water is fundamentally important to the health of families in our communities,” Rep. Gainey said. “Beyond that, every state dollar invested in our communities is a dollar saved, a dollar that can be spent on another critical need. Clean, affordable water, along with a clean environment is a fundamental right, and I’m happy to partner with Sen. Costa and Rep. Lee to help get these projects funded for the people in our communities.”

“Addressing inequality isn’t just about the justice system, or housing discrimination – it’s also access to clean water and a clean environment,” Rep. Lee said. “These investments from the state in local water and sewer projects will address critical needs in our communities, while making sure that local rate payers aren’t left footing the bill alone. I want to thank everyone involved for their work in driving these projects forward.”

These grants are awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority and can be used for activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply system, sanitary sewer system, storm sewer system, or flood control projects.

The program was designed to support small municipal projects.

More information on the Small Water and Sewer Programs and other state grants can be found at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/pa-small-water-sewer/.