Laughlin Announces More than $2.4 Million in PENNVEST Funding Approved for North East Township Water and Sewer Authority

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today awarded more than $2.4 million in funding to the North East Township Water and Sewer Authority for an important sewer extension project, according to Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).

The authority will receive a $2.44 million loan to extend existing public sewage service to approximately 112 homes, two businesses, and several developable lots, with the 17,000-foot extension to run along and near portions of State Route 5, Gay Road and Seitzinger Road, terminating at the township’s border with the town of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York.

“According to local officials, there are numerous properties known to have malfunctioning on-lot septic systems, aged small flow treatment facilities or direct wildcat discharges into Lake Erie and its tributaries. Additionally, recent soil surveys indicate a heavy presence of silt loam in the area which is unfavorable for continued use of conventional on-lot wastewater disposal systems,” said Laughlin. “This project will help to prevent pollutants from finding their way into our local water resources, which not only protects the environment, but also public health. I’m proud to have advocated for this funding.”

PENNVEST is not supported by the state’s General Fund budget, which covers the daily operations and services of the Commonwealth. Financing is provided through the use of federal funding and prior bond issues by the state as well as proceeds from the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012.


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