Biglerville, Washington Twp receive thousands for water and sewer projects

22 December 2023- Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) today announced nearly $1.7 million in state grants have been awarded for water and sewer infrastructure projects in Franklin and Adams counties.

“These water infrastructure grants ensure residents have access to clean drinking water and their wastewater from showers, toilets and dishwashers can properly be carried away and treated,” Mastriano said. “The creation and maintenance of infrastructure to provide clean water to homes and businesses and carry wastewater away from them is one of the core functions of local governments.”

Two grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that is disbursed through the H20 PA Program:

  • Berwick Township will receive $525,000 for improvements to the township’s wastewater treatment facility.
  • East Berlin Area Joint Authority will receive nearly $400,000 for the construction of a sewer line extension along Route 194.

Three grants are being funded with money from the federal COVID-19 ARPA funds administered through the PA Small Water and Sewer (SWS) Program:

  • Biglerville Borough Authority will receive nearly $50,000 to replace components of its wastewater treatment system.
  • Washington Township has been awarded more than $340,000 for a storm sewer improvement project.
  • East Berlin Area Joint Authority has been awarded nearly $380,000 for improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.

The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA was created in 2004 as an independent agency of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to administer the commonwealth’s economic stimulus packages.

Established by the General Assembly in 2008, the H2O PA Program provides for single-year and multi-year grants for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects; the construction or renovation of flood control projects; and the repair or rehabilitation of high-hazard unsafe dams.

The SWS Program provides grants for small water, sewer, and storm water infrastructure projects. Municipalities and municipal authorities that own and maintain a public water supply, sanitary sewer or storm water systems are eligible to apply as long as their projects exceed a total cost of $30,000.