Alburtis, Emmaus, Macungie, Slatington Receive State Sewer Grants

Four Lehigh County Boroughs were awarded grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (March 29th), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne and state Representatives Ryan Mackenzie and Justin Simmons.  

The Boroughs of Alburtis, Emmaus, Macungie and Slatington were all awarded funding through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Grant Program.

Alburtis Borough will receive $300,000 to complete sanitary sewer system rehabilitation on several sewer lines, laterals and manholes which were identified as having structural defects and flow issues. This will better improve the current inflow and infiltration problems that the Borough is experiencing.

“These grants are vital to ensuring the boroughs are able to maintain the proper infrastructure needed to handle their areas sewage needs,” said Rep. Mackenzie. “I was happy to have advocated for the grants for both Alburtis and Macungie.”

The Borough of Emmaus will receive $260,000 to repair 100 severely damaged manholes and correct an inflow problem that was discovered through inspections. The borough is working to comply with an administrative order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to separate storm water from the sewage system, which flows to the Allentown Sewage Treatment Plant.

“Emmaus officials have worked extremely hard to complete this project. However, they have very serious issues with damaged manholes,” said Rep. Simmons. “As a result, water is flowing into the sewer system every time it rains, which causes increased inflow to the sewage plant, causing an overflow into the Lehigh River. This grant will greatly assist the borough in reducing storm water inflow into the sewer lines and allow it to meet the EPA requirements.”

The Borough of Macungie was awarded $349,000 to complete rehabilitation of sanitary sewer lines. This will included inspecting and cleaning 12,514 linear feet of sewer pipe and lining. Joint repairs to critically defective sections will also take place. The repairs and rehabilitation will reduce inflow and infiltration in the system.

“Providing avenues of clean water to residents and proper and sanitary disposal of sewage are fundamental responsibilities of our municipalities and vital for healthy, safe and high quality of life standards for all Pennsylvanians,” Senator Browne said. “I am pleased to have been able to advocate for and help secure funds to help defer some of these expensive costs municipalities have with these critical infrastructure improvement projects.”

Slatington Borough will receive $395,185 to upgrade the Slatington wastewater treatment plant. Upgrades and repairs will be made to the existing tanks and aim to improve the operation of the plant.

The DCED Small Water and Sewer program provides grants to municipalities and municipal authorities for the construction, improvement, expansion, rehabilitation or repair of small water supply or sanitary sewer systems.

The CFA was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.

Contact:          Matt Moyer       (Senator Browne) 717-787-1349, mmoyer@pasen.gov

                        Tricia Lehman   (Rep. Mackenzie) 717-772-9840, tlehman@pahousegop.com

                        Andy Briggs     (Rep. Simmons) 717-260-6474, abriggs@pahousegop.com