HARRISBURG, October 23, 2012 – - State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) and state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced a more than $6.5 million state grant to improve and upgrade deteriorating water infrastructure throughout the Hazleton service area.
The grant was approved earlier today at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) board of directors.
“This long-overdue project will do a tremendous service for the residents of the Hazleton area by improving the quality of water available and eliminating potentially dangerous water outages caused by breaks in the old, deteriorating water mains throughout the area,” Yudichak said. “Economic growth starts with improving our infrastructure and this project is well-deserving of this PENNVEST grant.”
The $6.5 million grant will be used to replace approximately 27,300 feet of water mains in various sections throughout the Hazleton City service area. The project serves an existing system of 14,200 households whose median household income is substantially below the statewide average.
“A safe and abundant public water supply is something we all take for granted,” Toohil added. “This system upgrade will ensure the quality and reliability of the water used by thousands of authority customers every day. I am pleased to see this PENNVEST funding is going toward such a worthwhile project that is also long overdue.”
The project is also estimated to create 30 construction jobs for Pennsylvania residents.
“I would like to thank the local leadership of Sen. Yudichak and Rep. Toohil for securing this important grant for the residents of Hazleton,” Hazleton City Authority Chairman John Keegan said. “This project will be a great asset for local ratepayers and is a milestone for our area infrastructure.”
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