Sen. Browne and Rep. Simmons Secure Critical Infrastructure Funding for Coopersburg Borough

Lehigh County, PA – Coopersburg Borough has been awarded a Small Water and Sewer grant by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) at its meeting today (Monday, August 17), according to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton), who collaborated to secure this grant. 

Coopersburg Borough’s Authority will receive $86,718 to rehabilitate their above ground water reservoir. The rehabilitation will include replacement of roof vents, application of a protective exterior tank coating, reworking overflow pipes, installing an exterior ladder and posting signage on the tank’s exterior.

“The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Coopersburg would like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority, and especially thank Senator Browne and Representative Simmons for their support of this grant to rehabilitate our water storage tank,” said Tim Paashaus, Coopersburg Manager. “This important project will help the authority to provide safe, reliable water service to the residents of Coopersburg for years to come.”

“Rep. Simmons and I recognize the challenges that Coopersburg has in maintaining their exceptional water and sewer infrastructure,” Senator Browne said. “These funds will go a long way in ensuring that Coopersburg Borough can meet the challenges and demands that they face in their growing region.”

Across the Commonwealth, local government budgets have struggled to accommodate the growing demands placed upon their aging water and sewer infrastructure. These issues have been compounded due to budgetary and operational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Through working with Sen. Browne, I am pleased to announce that we have secured a $86,718.00 grant to help the Coopersburg Authority rehabilitate its Above Ground Reservoir project.  Through our collaborative efforts, the Coopersburg Authority will continue to provide clean water for all,”  Rep. Simmons said.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)’s 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 Szuchyt (Sen. Browne), 610-821-8468, mszuchyt@pasen.gov

Candice Williams (Rep. Simmons), 610-282-0160, Cwilliam@pahousegop.com