Greene County awarded $750,000 grant for Dunkard Valley waterlines

CARMICHAELS, July 14 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced that the Greene County commissioners have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant for waterline work in Monongahela Township.

“The grant is a crucial component to the eventual sale of the Dunkard Valley Joint Municipal Authority system and alleviating the water shortage and quality issues that have plagued residents for many years,” Snyder said. “I salute the commissioners and local officials for their efforts in securing the grant and look forward to further progress.”

“The financing we are pursuing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority is contingent upon this grant, and news of its approval is great news for the region and its water customers,” said Blair Zimmerman, commission chairman. “It’s a step-by-step process, but this is a major step toward the overhaul of the Dunkard Valley system.”

Snyder and Zimmerman said the $750,000 grant, from the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development’s Competitive Community Development Block Grant program, will help ease the costs to the authority’s roughly 500 customers as infrastructure is upgraded in advance of the system’s sale to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority.

“The system’s old and deteriorating lines need an upgrade, sooner better than later,” Snyder said. “This funding has had my steadfast support and advances the upgrade significantly.”

“Next up is Pennvest financing, and we’ll be submitting the application, armed with the CDBG grant, in short order,” Zimmerman said. “I anxiously look forward to the day when township residents have a modern, reliable system and water buffalos are a thing of the distant past.”