HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has awarded a $1.75 million grant to the Municipal Authority of the City of New Kensington for lead service line replacement, according to Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland).
The project will replace approximately 326 lead service lines. It is anticipated that the distribution mains will remain intact and undamaged. New service saddles, corporations and curb stops/boxes will be installed as well. If the private service portion of the line also contains lead, it will be replaced, up to the house connection, as part of the project.
The existing service lines in the area are lead lines, which could lead to the contamination of public drinking water and threaten the health of the residents. The service lines are old, deteriorated and filled with calcification. The residences located on the streets along the service lines have been subjected to numerous service link leaks, resulting in both damage to the roadway and people going without water until the repair is made.
“As the City of New Kensington continues to revitalize, this grant will assist with infrastructure for a great up and coming area, drawing more new businesses and attracting more residents. The funding supports the new improvements already ongoing in the area, which will assist with New Kensington and Arnold’s continued sustainable growth,” Lewis DelRosso said.
Formed in 1988, PENNVEST provides low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, as well as storm water and wastewater projects.
Rep. Carrie Lewis DelRosso
33rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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