Oct. 18, 2023

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Wyoming) and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20) today announced a $5.9 million low-interest state loan awarded to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater Inc. for an improvement project at the Rivercrest wastewater treatment plant in Tunkhannock Township, Wyoming County. The funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“I am always very supportive of any PENNVEST-funded projects in the 110th Legislative District,” said Pickett. “Efficient water and sewer systems are both vital to the health and well-being of residents, and they also play a significant role in the region’s economic development. It is often difficult to fund infrastructure upgrades in rural communities, which is why the PENNVEST program is so critical in supporting these important local projects.”

“This is crucial funding for a project that will result in cleaner water and land in the township,” Baker said. “Sufficient sewage treatment capacity meeting modern standards is essential for future building projects, whether commercial or residential development. Commendations to the public officials and community leaders who helped assemble a qualifying application demonstrating need and merit.”

Specifically, the project will replace several aging and deteriorated components within the wastewater treatment facility, including influent sampler, sludge holding tank and aeration blowers. The pH adjustment of the influent will also be updated and modified. The total residual chlorine requirements of the plant’s permit have been lowered, creating the need for a dechlorination process to be incorporated into the facility.

“Today’s approval of funding continues PENNVEST’s commitment to clean water through a variety of water quality improvement projects across the Commonwealth,” said PENNVEST Executive Director Robert Boos. “These projects benefit the environment, economic development and public health, as well as advance our shared goal of a clean and safe environment for communities to enjoy, both now and for the years to come.”

PENNVEST was established by Act 16 of 1988 and is an independent agency of the Commonwealth providing financial assistance to fund construction of drinking water, sewer and storm water projects in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

Representative Tina Pickett
110th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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