Funding secured for wastewater work

Lycoming County and two area municipalities have secured funding to upgrade wastewater treatment projects.

A PENNVEST loan of $384,465 will help complete a headworks facility project that includes several new equipment pieces, enabling enable it to process almost 35 million gallons of water per day, according to state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, said.

Wheeland, who helped secure the loan with state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock, said the project is huge win for Old Lycoming Township, where a reliable wastewater treatment plant is “instrumental in keeping our families and businesses safe from contamination.”

It represents the first phase of upgrades to wastewater treatment, which includes a new headworks building with two mechanical bar screens, two vortex grit chambers, yard piping, and wet weather facilities.

A key component of the project will be the purchase of a street sweeper for cleaning sediment and debris from impervious surfaces and prevent pollutants from reaching streams,Wheeland added.

PENNVEST funds sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the state.

The loans are paid at 1 percent interest over the first five years of the loan and 1.7 percent thereafter.

“It is not as good as a grant, but it’s the next best thing,” Wheeland said.

In Tioga County, state funding of $6.8 million has been approved for a wastewater treatment plant replacement project in Westfield Borough.

“These types of projects might not be glamorous, but they are essential to public health and safety,” state Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, said. “I am grateful Westfield was selected to receive this funding, which will help take some of the financial pressure off of local taxpayers.”

Funding will be awarded to the borough through a $2.9 million low-interest loan and a $3.9 million grant issued by PENNVEST.

The money will help cover costs for a new influent pump station, a mechanically cleaned influent screen, a bypassbar screen, an aerated grit removal system, an oxidation ditch, two secondary clarifiers, two sludge digestion tanks, a chemical feed system and a new chlorine disinfection system.

In Union County, Pine Valley Associates will use a $550,000 loan to construct an extended air treatment plant with a 10,000-gallon equalization tank and a 5,000-gallon sludge holding tank. The project will replace worn-out facilities and ensure continued treatment of wastewater before it’s discharged into North Branch Buffalo Creek.