Merski: Erie Water awarded $6.5 million to replace 1,300 service connections

Connections include lead components between water main, property lines

ERIE, July 23 – In ongoing efforts to address aging infrastructure and public health, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today that the Erie City Water Authority has been selected to receive a $6.5 million state grant to replace 1,300 service connections.

“This grant is vital to helping replace these aging water connections – some of which contain lead components – without putting the entire burden on the ratepayers of Erie,” Merski said. “This is exactly the type of investment our state should be making – helping communities help their residents, and I’ll keep working in Harrisburg to make that happen.”

The $6.5 million grant was awarded by the state’s Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, which, since its inception in 1988, has funded more than 3,000 clean water projects throughout Pennsylvania, providing nearly $10 billion in funding.

In addition to the Pennvest grant announced today, Merski also reminded area businesses and nonprofits that they can get expert tips on tapping into other state funding opportunities by attending “A Guide to Pennsylvania Grants” seminar on Aug. 5 co-hosted by Merski and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Admiral Room of the Blasco Library, at 160 E. Front St.

“With so many small businesses and nonprofits still hurting from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to know what funding opportunities are out there and how to tap into them,” Merski said. “Our seminar will feature expert tips and a question-and-answer session to help business owners and organizations maximize their chances for success.”

Merski said participants will receive a copy of the updated grant guide and state literature with contact information.

Attendance is limited, so those interested should RSVP in advance by calling 814-455-6319.

Anyone who cannot attend but would like a copy of the updated grant guide can pick one up at Merski’s 3901 Liberty St. office Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.