Two Cambria County communities receive $12.1 million in financial boosts to address sewage runoff concerns

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, announced today that sewer upgrades are set for two communities in Cambria County, after both received financial assistance to address sewage runoff issues to protect residents and area waterways.


The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority is funding a 30-year, 1-percent interest loan for $856,623 along with a $343,377 grant for West Taylor Township to begin its $1.2 million sanitary sewer rehabilitation and extension project. The project is expected to wrap up next year. It calls for updated pipes and sewer lines, fixing malfunctioning septic systems and adding an additional 35 residential units to the system, among other things, in an effort to cut down on the threat of sewer overflow into Laurel Run.


To deal with an aging sewer system, Pennvest also granted Johnstown a 30-year, 1-percent interest loan totaling $10.9 million to cover the entire project of installing new sewer equipment, including lines and manholes, to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows, prevent wet weather sewage from coming into contact with the public and reduce the chances of it seeping into the Conemaugh River. The work is expected to be completed in 2019.


“These upgrades are essential in protecting our communities and local waterways from sewage contamination,” Barbin said.