Browne and Mako Announce State Grant for Slatington Infrastructure Project

HARRISBURG – Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Zach Mako (R-Lehigh/Northampton) today (September 18) announced that they successfully led the effort to secure a $250,000 grant for a vitally-needed infrastructure improvement project in Slatington Borough.

The grant will fund a project to replace 1,800 linear feet of deteriorating water main on Shadow Oaks Lane with 6-inch ductile iron pipe. The existing water line is 60 years old and in critical need of repair. The new water line will reduce or eliminate leaks as well as prevent possible infiltration and contamination, all leading to improved drinking water. The grant also funds twenty-four service lines and four fire hydrants to be installed along the new water main.

“Older communities like Slatington are in constant need of updating or replacing its aging water infrastructure systems and too often as smaller municipalities do not have the resources to do so,” Senator Browne said. “I was proud to work with Rep. Mako to provide these much-needed resources for this important infrastructure improvement project to help ensure safe and clean drinking water in the Shadow Oaks Neighborhood.”

“I’m pleased to have helped to secure the funding for this important project in Slatington,” said Rep. Zach Mako. “Just as with any type of infrastructure, eventually, it will cease operating at optimum levels. By replacing this water line, we are improving water quality and preventing leaks, which will save money in the long run.”

Funding for the projects was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority under the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program.

The Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program offers grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects and can be used to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system.

CONTACT:Matt Szuchyt (Senator Pat Browne) 610-821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov

                   Tracey Polovick (Representative Mako) 717-260-6358, tpolovick@pahousegop.com