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Harrisburg, January 27, 2017 − State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced a $2.5 million low-interest state loan for the Hazleton City Authority to upgrade its filtration plant.

“With this funding, the Hazleton City Authority will be able to make the infrastructure improvements needed to continue to provide a high quality supply of water for our residents,” said Senator Yudichak. “We need to continue to support funding of these infrastructure projects as they will accommodate additional economic development and create construction jobs for our region,” Yudichak added.

Toohil added, “With these state loan funds, the authority will be able to expedite work on this upgrade. Hopefully, this will stave off additional repair work, service interruptions and enhance water quality and safety.”

The Hazleton Division of the Hazleton City Authority delivers approximately 6 million gallons of water per day to residential, industrial, and commercial customers in 14 municipalities in Luzerne, Schuylkill and Carbon counties. Repairs and upgrades are needed at the filtration plant’s aging treatment system to continue to assure water quality, quantity and uninterrupted flow.

The upgrades and repairs include: upgrades to clarifiers; replacing of fluoride feed system; repairing cracked concrete tanks; upgrading the main plant water booster system; placing efficient variable frequency drive starters on plant air blowers; replacing and upgrading the plant’s compressed air system, plant instrumentation, testing equipment, main filtration plant control servers, software/programming and replacing the control room’s fire protection system.

According to the Executive Director of the Hazleton City Authority, Randy Cahalan, the Hazleton City Authority Board of Directors thanks Yudichak and Toohil for working with local officials to obtain the low-interest one-percent loan. The board added that the project is expected to create 25 construction jobs and is not expected to result in any consumer rate hike. Additionally, the funding will allow the Authority to continue to sustain high quality water levels.

“This project will enable us to get to work on overdue upgrades and make our entire system more efficient and reliable,” Cahalan said.

The loan was approved at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) Board this week.

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