Kinkead: $37 million secured to replace waterlines

PWSA awarded low-interest loans, grant to support water infrastructure

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 20 – Helping get the lead out of local waterlines, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has received more than $37 million through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to replace existing lines, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today.

“I am excited to see this investment in the health of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers,” said Kinkead. “It’s unacceptable that lead waterlines are still present in the city of Pittsburgh and I’ll continue working towards solutions that deliver clean drinking water for our region.”

The funds were awarded as follows:

  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority – received a $34,159,707 low-interest loan to replace approximately 63,000 feet of 8- and 12-inch waterlines in their distribution system. The project will alleviate water outages and reduce water loss which will result in lower operational costs.
  • Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority – received a $2,474,472 grant and a $686,353 low-interest loan to replace lead service lines that will affect 300 residential customers in areas where water mains are being replaced in a partner project. These line replacements will prevent potential lead contamination in users’ drinking water and reduce water loss and the high operational costs associated with the loss of water resources.

Pennvest specializes in funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects across Pennsylvania. Pennvest’s low-cost financial assistance helps make the water that is consumed every day by thousands of Pennsylvanians safe to drink.

A full list of Pennvest projects funded throughout the state is available here.