HARRISBURG PA – West Pottstown and Upper Pottsgrove townships have been awarded a combined total of $411,000 in state grants to solve problems with faulty sewer lines, their state legislative representatives – 24th District Sen. Bob Mensch and 147th District Rep. Marcy Toepel – announced Thursday (March 29, 2017). The funding is being made available through the Commonwealth Financing Authority Small Water and Sewer Program, the pair said.
Upper Pottsgrove Township will receive $85,000 to rehabilitate 2,240 feet of sewer line on North Hanover Street, using cured-in-place lining to seal cracks and eliminate inflow and infiltration sources. Service laterals will also be grouted to reduce potential inflow and infiltration sources. The entire project costs $100,000, the remainder of which will come from other sources.
West Pottsgrove is receiving $326,400 to replace 1,535 linear feet of defective and leaking clay sewer lines, on Morello and Roberts Drive, with eight-inch PVC pipe and fixtures. The project, which costs $480,000, is a continuation of ongoing sewer repair and rehabilitation work. It should eliminate inflow and infiltration that overloads the pump station and allows waste water to back up into residential basements.
Mensch and Toepel reported they were strong advocates for both grant applications. Mensch noted the improvements will protect “the health and safety of the (townships’) residents;” “these important projects can now be completed without substantial burden” to taxpayers, Toepel added.
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