Rep. Bizzarro announced $7 million PENNVEST investment for the Edinboro Water Authority which serves Erie County

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today a $7 million investment through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for the Edinboro Water Authority, which serves Erie County.

The $7 million loan is aimed at constructing a 1.5 million gallon per day treatment plant, replacing the existing  0.5 million gallon finished water storage tank with a new 2 million gallon tank and replacing other water pumps and water lines and meters.

“Our water treatment plant is in need of an upgrade to help ensure the health, safety and continuous public water for all people living in Erie,” Bizzarro said. “The dam lake has been determined to be an unsafe high hazard dam and this project would eliminate the potential threat of water outage and inundation in the water plant if the dam were to fail.”

Bizzarro said also downstream from the lake dam and within the dam breech is a flood area, and the project would allow the authority’s water plant to be relocated out of the flood area. The project would increase the availability of water and improve the system’s pressure, fire flows and reduced continued service interruptions.

“Once the project is constructed the authority would have a better means to provide and effectively operate and maintain the public water system facilities,” Bizzarro said.

PENNVEST distributes low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.

Pennsylvania’s municipality supervisors can use the loan funding for design, engineering and construction costs associated with publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater collection, conveyance, treatment facilities and Brownfield site remediation.