Berks Municipalities Awarded Grants for Water and Sewer Upgrades

State Rep. Mark Rozzi and State Sen. Judy Schwank have announced state grants for local municipalities and authorities through the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“The grants announced today are just another reminder that local municipalities have the support of the state when it comes to improving the safety and efficiency in the services provided to our hometowns,” Rozzi said. “This news will, hopefully, lessen the burden on local municipalities to make the necessary updates they need.”

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The Commonwealth Financing Authority approved the grants through the H20 and PA Small Water and Sewer Grant Programs at a meeting Monday afternoon.

“Properly functioning water and wastewater infrastructure protects public health and safety and promotes economic growth,” Schwank said. “I strongly advocated for these grants to help our local communities make necessary improvements.”

Of note, the City of Reading is receiving two grants: A $350,000 H2O grant to modify Egleman’s Dam in Reading and a $125,000 Small Water and Sewer System Grant to improve the Fritz Island wastewater treatment plant.

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“It is especially important that the City of Reading is receiving state grant assistance to complete Egleman’s Dam and substantial state help to complete a project at the Fritz Island treatment plant project,” Schwank said. “With its limited resources, the city might not have been able to finish these critical infrastructure improvements without this state grant funding.”

“This state investment in our city will help my administration continue our efforts to improve one of our most scenic parks and our wastewater system for the benefit of all city residents,” said Reading Mayor Eddie Moran.

“Partnerships like this with state government are critically important for Reading’s future, and I want to thank Senator Schwank and her colleagues for working diligently to help secure these funds.”

Other H2O grants include Oley Township Municipal Authority, Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks, $250,000. Muhlenberg Township Authority, Leiscz’s Bridge Road Intercept Replacement, $100,000.

Additionally, Schwank announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved Small Water and Sewer System grants for:

Ruscombmanor Township, MS4 Stormwater BMPS, $55,765. Oley Township Municipal Authority, Sewer Collection System Televising Manhole Rehab, $100,000. Robeson Township Municipal Authority, Sewing Pumping State #2 Improvements, $50,000.

Mount Penn Borough Municipal Authority, Generate Update, $100,000. Cumru Township, Tamarack Train I&I, $100,000. City of Reading, Fritz Island Grit Chamber Project, $125,000. Centre Township Municipal Authority, Kingsgate WWTP Upgrade, $50,000.

Borough of Laureldale, Sanitary Sewer Lateral Replacement Project, $100,000. Borough of Kutztown, Solids Handling Improvements, $100,000. Birdsboro Municipal Authority, Hay Creek Raw Water Pump Station, $100,000. West Reading Borough, Linden Lane Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project, $200,000

State Rep. Mark Rozzi announced $200,000 for West Reading Borough, replacement of 510 feet of sewer main and 30 connections. $100,000 for the borough of Laureldale, replacement of pipe and fittings to reduce the inflow and infiltration from entering the borough’s sanitary sewer system.

$100,000 for Mt. Penn Municipal Authority, installation of a new generator at three pump stations to provide uninterrupted water service. $100,000 for Muhlenberg Township Authority, replacement of interceptor line along Leisczs Bridge Road.

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