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Help For Aging Water Systems

Concrete pipe awaiting installation.

Concrete pipe awaiting installation.

When eligible voters in Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township arrive at the polls today (Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008), in addition to choosing candidates for public office they’ll be asked to consider spending $400 million to upgrade or repair drinking water systems and wastewater treatment projects in every part of Pennsylvania.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A polling place is located in each of Lower Pottsgrove’s four voting districts.

Voter approval of the Clean Water Referendum bond issue “will serve as a down payment toward fixing Pennsylvania’s deteriorating pipes and sewer lines,” state Department of Environmental Protection acting Secretary John Hanger says. The referendum money, if approved, would be used to award grants ranging from $2 million to $20 million for repairs and improvements, depending on the size of the drinking water or sewage treatment system.

A recent study estimates that drinking water and wastewater systems statewide need at least $36.5 billion in fixes over the next 20 years. Every county in the Commonwealth faces significant water infrastructure needs, the study added.

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