Laughlin Announces PENNVEST Funding for Erie City Water Authority Project

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today awarded $710,000 in funding to the Erie City Water Authority for a project to replace some lead service lines, according to Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49).

Within the Borough of Wesleyville and Lawrence Park Township, the authority plans to use the funding to replace approximately 100 service connections consisting of cast-iron pipes attached to water mains by lead goosenecks. A “gooseneck” is a short, curved section of pipe between the water main and shut-off valve. The project will not only eliminate potential lead exposure but also address connections that have deteriorated and corroded.

Without the PENNVEST funding, user rates in the project area would have increased by approximately 83% to pay for the work.

“This funding will go a long way toward improving water service to, and protecting the public health of, the tens of thousands of households served by the Erie City Water Authority in the project area,” said Laughlin. “I’m proud to have advocated for this funding that will directly benefit citizens of Erie County.”

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.

Contact: David Kozak   717-787-8927

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